- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is getting back in public affairs - as a consultant.

Brewer will do work for the national law firm Ballard Spahr to work with the firm’s government affairs team.

Brewer will help clients with public policy issues at the city, state and federal levels, The Arizona Republic (https://goo.gl/w8kwdY ) reported.

Brewer, a 70-year-old Republican who left office in January, served as governor for six years. She was Arizona’s secretary of state in 2009 when she became governor upon the resignation of Janet Napolitano.

Her political resume also includes serving as a state senator and as a Maricopa County supervisor.

Brewer told the Republic she’s enjoying a more relaxed life these days. She said it’s nice not to constantly be under the eye of a security detail and to have more free time.

“As you move on, you realize you don’t have to get dressed every morning - you can run around in your garden clothes, you can jump in the car and run into Walgreens, you don’t have to organize three people,” she said.

Joseph Kanefield, a Ballard Spahr attorney and longtime Brewer adviser, said she “adds depth and experience that will benefit the firm and its clients.”

Brewer’s former chief of staff, Scott Smith, is managing director of government relations for the firm’s Arizona office.

Brewer said a lack of privacy was one of the hardest aspects about being governor.

She recalled shooing her security detail a block away from her house just so she could pick a flower in her front yard without constant surveillance.

She also recalled sneaking away to go shopping at a mall by herself one time while hoping to go unrecognized.

“It was a disaster,” she said. “I went out and I was speaking and I had to speak to the cashier and I forgot and I just talked normally. She said, ‘You sound so familiar to me - you sound just like Jan Brewer.’ She kept staring at me and she said you are Jan Brewer!”

Her security team told her she was “not to do that” again.

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