Cochise County, Arizona

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Budget Y
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Meetings Y
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Administrative Officials Y
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Audits N
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Contracts N
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Cochise County is one of 15 counties in Arizona. It is located in the southeastern corner of the state, and its county seat is Bisbee.

Its population as of 2006 is estimated to be 127,757.[1]

Cochise County was created on January 3, 1881, out of the eastern portion of Pima County. It took its name from the legendary Chiricahua Apache war chief Cochise. The county seat was Tombstone until 1929 when it moved to Bisbee. Notable men who once held the position of County Sheriff were Johnny Behan, who served as the first sheriff of the new county, and who was one of the main characters during the events leading to and following the Gunfight at the OK Corral. Later, in 1886, John Slaughter became sheriff. Lawman Jeff Milton and lawman/outlaw Burt Alvord both served as deputies under Slaughter.

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The good

  • Budget is available on the finance page.[2]
  • County supervisors are listed with contact information.[3]
  • Supervisor meetings are listed, along with minutes and agendas from past meetings.[4]
  • Building permits and zoning information is available.[5]
  • Local tax information is provided on the Treasurer's page, along with the ability to pay taxes online.[6]

The bad


In 2004, Cochise County reported $60,000 spent on lobbying.[7]

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