By José Ignacio Castañeda Perez | Arizona Republic
Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs said her meeting with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador earlier this month had no influence on her decision to dismiss nearly all of the board members of the Arizona-Mexico Commission.
Hobbs met with López Obrador and Sonoran Gov. Alfonso Durazo Montaño during her first international trip to Sonora, Mexico, on Feb. 17.
That same day, Hobbs dismissed nearly all of the board members of the Arizona-Mexico Commission, a cross-border organization working to promote economic interests and quality of life in both countries. Hobbs is currently the sole member of the committee after she dismissed the other 31 members.
“It was absolutely not related at all,” Hobbs said during her first visit to Yuma as governor Monday.
Hobbs mentioned that her office is looking at every single state board and commission in which appointments are made by the governor’s office.
Previous Gov. Doug Ducey had made five last-minute appointments to the Arizona-Mexico Commission before he left office in January, according to Josselyn Berry, Hobbs’ press secretary.
“This is probably just the first of this kind of action that you’ll see from our administration,” Hobbs said.