City Councilwoman Maria Baier has been picked to run the State Land Department.
Gov. Jan Brewer on Tuesday tapped Phoenix City Councilwoman Maria Baier to lead the Arizona State Land Department.
Baier, 48, a land-use consultant and former aide to Govs. Fife Symington and Jane Hull, has served on the council since January 2008. She replaces former State Land Commissioner Mark Winkelman, who resigned in May to return to the private sector.
As head of the Land Department, Baier will oversee about 9.3 million acres of state trust land, including sales and leases.
I have to be honest. My first reaction to this story was, “Maria is 48?!?!” I’d have never guessed.
Maria is eminently qualified to run the State Land Department. She has dealt with those issues for years, and was Gov. Jane Hull’s point person on Growing Smarter, which took her on a state-wide tour talking to a variety of folks all over Arizona. There are few people who know more about State Land and the issues surrounding it than Maria Baier.
Solid pick by Governor Brewer.