County attorney aims to pass child support enforcement to DES

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FLORENCE Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles will be pursuing the transfer of his office’s child support enforcement activities to the state of Arizona. The office is in discussions with the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) to explore the possible transfer of child support enforcement services.

Pinal County is one of four counties that have not transferred this function to the state. These discussions have indicated the state can perform these functions more efficiently and more cost effectively without compromising services to the public.

Arizona law allows either the state Attorney General or county attorney, on behalf of the state, to initiate an action or intervene in an action to establish, modify or enforce an order of child support this function can, therefore, be pursued by the Attorney General through the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES).

Approximately $2.7 million in state, federal and county funding is utilized annually to perform this service.

Voyles said this will save the Pinal County tax payers from having to contribute their portion out of the County’s general fund.  Both the County Attorney and DES are committed to making this transition as smooth as possible to minimize the impact to our customers and employees as we make this transition.

Voyles hopes to allow DES to use the same location to provide convenient, continues and uninterrupted service.  DES will be offering job placement preferences to those employees who wish to make the transition to their staff.

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