Jan 262011

By Tammy Gray-Searles —

Although Navajo County has realized significant cost savings through unfilled vacant positions, a decision was made to fill the vacancy left by Government Relations Administrator Rod Ross when he took a position with the County Supervisors Association.

Hunter Moore, an attorney from Los Angeles, was selected to fill the position.

Moore will spend a portion of his time lobbying for Navajo County at the state capital, and is also responsible for generating press releases and handling public relations for the county.

“I will be lobbying at the state,” he said. “I will make sure the things we’re interested in are fought for.”

According to Moore, he was selected for the position because of his knowledge of the legal process.

“I think that’s a big reason they brought me here,” he remarked. “Rod Ross did a very good job and I want to keep that tradition up.”

Included in his professional experience is providing legal defense for National Football League teams, and working in the planning department for the City of Mesa while attending college.

He graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in business management, and attended law school at Washburn University in Kansas.

Moore explained that he sought the position at Navajo County because he and his wife had hoped to move closer to her family.

“My wife and I had been looking for an opportunity to come back to Arizona. Her family is in Snowflake,” he noted.

They both consider Arizona home, as he grew up in Mesa.

“Arizona’s our home,” he said. “Our family’s here.”

Moore plans to take the Arizona State Bar exam to become eligible to practice law in this state.

He attended the state legislature opening ceremony in order to become acquainted with the lawmakers he will be in contact with as the session progresses. Moore also noted that he will be working with the Arizona Association of Counties and the County Supervisors Association, and is glad to know that Ross will be fighting some of the same battles on behalf of counties.

“He has our interests at heart,” Moore said.

He noted that he is excited to advocate for Navajo County, both through lobbying and public relations work.

“I can be a good advocate,” he said.