Maxine Brown TAC Interview
The Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) is a citizen panel appointed by the Pinal County Board of Supervisors. The TAC is a recommending body for transportation planning, construction, and maintenance projects within the county's jurisdictional boundaries. The TAC annually reviews, updates, and recommends a fiscally constrained five-year transportation improvement and maintenance program.
We recently had the opportunity to sit down with TAC member Maxine Brown and asked her a few questions regarding her experience as well as the importance of transportation project investment in our communities. Ms. Brown has been a resident of Pinal County for the last 28 years, on the Pinal County Transportation Advisory Committee for the last 10 and a half years, and was the Town Manager of Patagonia, AZ from 1978-1985, and Executive Director of Central AZ Association of Governments (CAAG) – now Central AZ Governments (CAG) – from 1991-2011.
What is your experience in transportation?
I worked with ADOT on transportation issues in Southeastern AZ and the Town of Patagonia serving as Patagonia’s Town Manager. From 1991 through 2011, as executive director of CAAG, I worked with ADOT through a contract, to assist with planning transportation in Pinal and Gila Counties. I served on the Rural Transportation Committee in Arizona and the ADOT/Regional Council Executive Directors Committee. CAAG worked directly with the 2-county region, 17 incorporated communities and 3 tribal governments to assist ADOT in planning for the area.
What are some of your key priorities for the Transportation Advisory Committee?
My priority is to ensure the proposed projects most in need of local funding in Pinal County are reviewed for possible solutions. Many local roadways are old and quickly deteriorating, needing maintenance. Flooding and dust issues occur where roadway improvements are needed to maintain safety. The TAC reviews projects needed throughout the Pinal County region to provide input to the Board of Supervisors on the level of need for each project.
Do you have a philosophy when it comes to prioritization of the Transportation Improvement and Maintenance Program?
My philosophy is to review each project for need with an open mind and vote accordingly. The first few years I was on the TAC, I drove the areas in review. Now with drone technology the reviews are much easier, saving time and travel. The Public Works staff have truly improved the process over the years.
Is there a particular project or investment in your area you are particularly proud of?
The TAC has completed several projects in District 5. Currently, I am proud that the needs of Kings Ranch Road and Peralta Road in Gold Canyon are two projects that will be completed in 2025-2026.
In your opinion, what is the biggest opportunity in Pinal County?
I believe our biggest opportunity in Pinal County and each of the local districts is for citizens to come together and work for the betterment of their local area and the county. Great accomplishments can take place, like the projects completed over the past several years with the sales tax the Board of Supervisors oversees within put from the TAC.