An employee of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality will soon move into a new office at the Santa Cruz County Complex to keep a closer eye on local environmental issues.

Claudia Gil, currently the liaison for the state agency’s Office of Regional and Border Assistance, is expected to begin working from the space on July 15.

“I think it’s great news because it provides us the opportunity to have a direct line with ADEQ, which sometimes, it’s difficult to communicate with our state agencies,” Supervisor Rudy Molera told the NI after a County Board of Supervisors meeting Wednesday morning.

Gil will monitor operations in Mexico relating to the International Outfall Interceptor, the cross-border sewer pipeline that goes from Nogales, Sonora to a treatment plant in Rio Rico, Supervisor Bruce Bracker said.

“I think this shows what we’re able to do if we partner with some of our state agencies to try to be at the forefront of what’s happening down here,” Supervisor Manuel Ruiz said about providing a workspace for ADEQ.

“Hopefully with this we’ll be able to get a lot more accomplished,” Ruiz added.

Molera said that the agreement consisted of sharing an office space with ADEQ, but clarified that the county is not responsible for any portion of the employee’s salary.

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