Posts Tagged ‘Maria Baier’

3rd July
written by Sean Noble

William Gates

Bill Gates is now a Phoenix city councilman.  By a 5-3 vote, he was appointed to the vacancy created with Maria Baier’s appointment to be Arizona’s State Land Commissioner.

Gates is a solid pick.  He has been active in the community and is a smart, thoughtful attorney who will bring a strong work ethic and common sense approach to city government.  There is no question that he will have an immediate impact on the council.

I’ve had the chance to work with Bill on a variety of issues and known him for many years. This couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Congrats Bill.

18th June
written by Sean Noble

Maria Baier 

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.