By Associated Press - Thursday, December 10, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Defeated Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes will help Pima County’s newly elected recorder when she takes office next year.

Pima County’s Gabriella Cázares-Kelly announced Thursday that she’ll appoint Fontes as interim chief deputy recorder in Tucson. Fontes and Cázares-Kelly are both Democrats.

Cázares-Kelly is replacing longtime Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez, who is retiring along with her chief deputy, Christopher Roads. Fontes lost his reelection bid to Republican Steven Richer after overseeing elections in Arizona’s largest county for four years.

He’ll start his new job Jan. 1 and stay for at least three months while he leads the search for a permanent elections director, Cázares-Kelly said in a news release.

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