Gov. Jan Brewer

Gov. Jan Brewer addresses the Arizona Legislature for the annual State of the State speech in January. Behind her is House Speaker Andy Tobin. [Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services]

[Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services]

Gov. Jan Brewer announced the appointment of Edward “Pat” Madden to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission. Madden has been appointed for a five-year term, effective Jan. 21.

Madden has an extensive law enforcement background. He joined the Arizona Department of Gaming in 1999, and is currently in his 14th year as a special investigator. Earlier, he spent more than three decades working for the Flagstaff Police Department, beginning his career in 1966 as a patrolman, and retiring as chief of police in 1999.

Madden graduated from Northern Arizona University with a master’s in criminal justice (1978) and bachelor’s in police administration (1967). He also is a graduate of the Northwestern Traffic Institute, in Evanston, Ill., (1977), as well as the FBI National Academy, in Quantico, Va., (1979).

His appointment was made to fill the vacancy created by the departure of Norman Freeman.

Centennial student attends Presidential Inauguration

Alexander Lahr, a seventh-grader from Kyrene Centennial Middle School in Ahwatukee, was invited and attended the recent Inauguration of the President of the United States. During the five-day program, the Middle School Presidential Inaugural Conference provided Inaugural Scholars with a deeper understanding of the history behind the electoral process and the rich traditions surrounding the Presidential Inauguration.

Lahr had the opportunity to hear about growing up in the first family from former first daughters Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Bush Hager and heard from fellow students who have affected change in their own schools and communities. She attended a special viewing party and luncheon and an exclusive gala inaugural celebration at National Harbor.

Wells Fargo names new district manager

Wells Fargo has announced Misty Howell has been named district manager for Wells Fargo Community Banking in the East Valley Central district of the Metro Phoenix area.

As district manager for East Valley Central, Howell will be responsible for approximately 300 team members and 17 banking stores with $840 million in deposits. Howell is a 23-year veteran in the banking and financial services industry. She joined Wells Fargo in 1989 as a teller and since that time she has served as a vault teller, business sales associate, personal banker, customer service manager, store manager and, most recently, a district manager in the River Cities.

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