Arizona State Mine Inspector

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State Mine Inspector of Arizona
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Incumbent
Joe Hart

since January 2007
Residence Phoenix, Arizona
Term length Four years, can serve four terms
DeputyTim Evans
Website Arizona State Mine Inspector

The Arizona State Mine Inspector is the inspector of active and inactive mines in the state of Arizona, in the United States. It is an independent, constitutionally mandated office, elected by the people of the state to a four-year term.

Arizona state of the United States of America

Arizona is a state in the southwestern region of the United States. It is also part of the Western and the Mountain states. It is the sixth largest and the 14th most populous of the 50 states. Its capital and largest city is Phoenix. Arizona shares the Four Corners region with Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico; its other neighboring states are Nevada and California to the west and the Mexican states of Sonora and Baja California to the south and southwest.

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Arizona has 600 working mines and an estimated 120,000 abandoned mines. [1] As of 2013, the state had only 4 employees who actually inspected mines. Arizona is the only state with an elected mine inspector in the country. [2]

Some have questioned whether Arizona should continue to elect its mine inspector. [3] [4]

In 2006, former inspector Douglas K. Martin was convicted of a felony conflict of interest from the illegal use of state vehicles and theft. [5]

Former Mine Inspectors

Joe Hart (politician) American politician

Joe Hart is the current Arizona State Mine Inspector. A Republican, he was first elected in 2006 as a former state representative and broadcast company owner. Hart previously served as a member of the Arizona State House of Representatives from 1992 until 2001.

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