Director of the Industrial Commission of Arizona

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Arizona Director of the Industrial Commission
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012 FY Budget:  $19,550,400
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   Serves at pleasure of the Industrial Commission
Authority:  Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 23, Chapter 1, Article 1, Section 108
Selection Method:  Hired by Industrial Commission
Current Officeholder
Name:  Laura McGrory
Assumed office:  November 2008
Compensation:  $126,069
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The Director of the Industrial Commission of Arizona is a state executive position in the Arizona state government. The director oversees the operations of the Industrial Commission, which "administers and enforces state laws relating to the protection of life, health, safety and welfare of Arizona's employees." These include laws governing workers' compensation, occupational safety, payment of wages and child labor.

Current officeholder

The current director is Laura McGrory, who was hired to the position in November 2008. As the director is employed at the pleasure of the commission, she is not subject to reappointment. Before becoming director, McGrory worked for the Industrial Commission as a staff attorney in its legal division; during her tenure, she also worked as the commission's chief counsel and assistant chief counsel.[1]


Arizona law states the commission employs the director. Unlike many other executive positions, the director is not appointed by the governor or legislature.[2]

Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 23, Chapter 1, Article 1, Section 108

A. The commission shall employ a director. The director may employ such personnel as deemed necessary by the provisions of chapters 1, 2 and 6 and article 2 of chapter 3 of this title.


The director, like all state executive officers, must be at least eighteen years old, a citizen of the United States, able to speak, read and write English, and registered with the selective service. Otherwise, there are no special qualifications required.[3]

Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 38, Chapter 2, Article 1, Section 211

A. Every officer shall be not less than eighteen years of age, a citizen of the United States and a resident of this state.

B. No person is eligible to any office, employment or service in any public institution in the state, or in any of the several counties thereof, of any kind or character, whether by election, appointment or contract, unless he is a citizen of the United States, but the provisions of this subsection shall not apply to the employment of any teacher, instructor or professor authorized to teach in the United States under the teacher exchange program as provided by federal statutes or the employment of university or college faculty members.

C. A person who is unable to speak, write and read the English language is not eligible to hold a state, county, city, town or precinct office in the state, whether elective or appointive, and no certificate of election or commission shall issue to a person so disqualified.

D. Except as provided in subsection E, a person is not eligible for employment by or service for the state or a political subdivision of the state, including all boards and commissions of the state or political subdivision, all multimember governing bodies of departments, agencies, institutions and instrumentalities of the state or political subdivisions unless the person has registered with the selective service system if required by the federal military selective service act (62 Stat. 604; 50 United States Code App. section 453).


Arizona state government organizational chart

The director is employed by the members of the Industrial Commission.[2]

Term limits

There are no term limits for the director of the Industrial Commission.


There are no particular procedures associated with a vacancy in the office of director.


The director is charged with administering the "policies, powers and duties" of the Industrial Commission. The commission enforces state regulations relating to workers' compensation, occupational safety, payment of wages and child labor. It facilitates arbitration of wage disputes, licenses and supervises private employment offices, publishes statistical information regarding labor and regulates self-insurance programs.[4]


  • Administrative Law Judge Division
  • Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH)
  • Boiler Section
  • Claims Division
  • Elevator Section
  • Labor Department
  • Legal Division
  • Research & Statistics
  • Self-Insurance and Tax Office
  • Special Fund Division
  • Management Information Systems[5]

State budget

See also: Arizona state budget and finances

The budget for the Arizona Industrial Commission in Fiscal Year 2012 was $19,550,400.[6]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers

The director of the Industrial Commission's compensation is determined by the Department of Administration in its annual recommendation to the legislature.[7]


In 2014, the director's salary remained at $126,069, according to the Council of State Governments.[8]


In 2013, the director's salary remained at $126,069, according to the Council of State Governments.[9]


In 2012, the director was paid $126,069, according to the Council of State Governments.


In 2010, the director was paid $135,000, according to the Council of State Governments.[10]

Historical officeholders

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Contact info


Physical address:
800 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 542-4515

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