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  • Supervisors Appoint Santini as Pima County Public Fiduciary

    Nov 22, 2016 | Read More News
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    Peter SantiniThe Pima County Board of Supervisors Nov. 22 appointed Peter Santini as the County’s Public Fiduciary. Santini had served as Fiduciary in an interim capacity since July following the retirement of Philip Grant who had been Fiduciary since 2011.

    Santini was recommended for the Fiduciary position based on the endorsement of the Public Defense Services Director as well as his demonstrated leadership and effectiveness during his service as Interim Public Fiduciary and his 23 years of distinguished service in the Fiduciary's Office. 

    Santini has a B.A. in Sociology and an M.Ed in counseling from Lynchburg College in Virginia and his worked on elderly issues since 1980. He has served on several boards including those of the Arizona Fiduciaries Association and the Mental Health and Elder Law Section of the Arizona State Bar as well as on the faculty of the Arizona Supreme Court Professional Fiduciary Certification Program and on the Attorney General’s “Stop Abuse & Financial Exploitation Of Elderly” (S.A.F.E.E.) Task Force and the Pima County Death Analysis Review Team (PC DART). Santini is licensed as a Professional Fiduciary in Arizona, a National Certified Guardian through the Center for Guardianship Certification and has presented internationally on fiduciary issues.

    The Public Fiduciary serves as a court-appointed guardian or conservator for vulnerable adults or people who are incapacitated, in order to protect their legal rights and financial interests in probate court and as the estate administrator of deceased persons when no one else is willing or capable of serving in that capacity.

    The Public Fiduciary also serves people who are estranged from their families or are subject to abuse or undue influence, have serious mental or physical health issues or have no place else to turn. Additionally, the Public Fiduciary also determines eligibility and provides cremation or burial for indigent persons.

    Santini will supervise attorneys, paralegals, social work case managers, finance administrators, asset supervisors, benefit specialists, and administrative and support personnel to perform a whole spectrum of legal, financial, investigative and other services for the people of Pima County.