Supervisors name Catherine R. Robbins as County Public Fiduciary
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has appointed veteran Mohave County Public Fiduciary Catherine Robbins to the position of Public Fiduciary for Maricopa County. Ms. Robbins has been in Mohave County for ten years and was named Mohave County Employee of the Year in 2010. She has 21 years of fiduciary experience. Robbins will assume the position on January 7 and will supervise a staff of 41 employees.
“We are very pleased to appoint a person of such high qualifications as Catherine Robbins to take over our public fiduciary office,” commented Supervisor Andy Kunasek. “She is dedicated to the fiduciary industry and respected throughout the state and nation.”
“I am honored to serve Maricopa County’s vulnerable citizens as Public Fiduciary,” Ms. Robbins said of her new assignment. “I look forward to returning to work with the Public Fiduciary staff who are some of the best public servants in the State of Arizona.”
The appointment represents a homecoming for Ms. Robbins, who served in Maricopa County’s Fiduciary Office from March 2000 to November 2002 as estate administration manager. She will return to her home in Glendale.
Ms. Robbins, who earned an associate’s degree in Business Management in 1981, was the Public Fiduciary for Yuma County from 1991 to 1997. In 1997, she was the Program Coordinator for the Arizona Administrative Office of the Courts Fiduciary Certification Program and, as such, developed and implemented the first statewide fiduciary certification program in the nation. She was subsequently promoted to the newly developed position of Certification Unit Manager. As certification manager, she oversaw other court professionals including court reporters, private process servers and confidential intermediaries. She is an Arizona licensed fiduciary and National Master Guardian with the Center for Guardianship Certification and sits on the national board of the Center for Guardianship Certification.
She was Co-Chair of the Mental Health and Elder Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona in 1995 and 1996 and was a member of the Committee on Improving Judicial Oversight and Processing of Probate Matters, an appointment by the Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court.
“We will be pleased with this appointment for years to come,” Board Chairman Max Wilson said. “She knows what the job entails. She has done it before. She is very well respected.”
The Public Fiduciary of Maricopa County provides guardianship, conservatorship, decedent services and court ordered investigations for vulnerable adults so that their estates and well-being are protected. Its vision is to provide professional, efficient, and compassionate fiduciary services. The goal of the Office of the Public Fiduciary is to afford dignity to each of those brought to its attention and to ensure that the rights and independence of each individual are preserved, regardless age or condition.