Leadership

Pima County Attorney

Laura Conover

Laura has a unique perspective on Southern Arizona’s criminal justice system. She was elected as the Pima County Attorney in 2020. As the third woman to hold the Office, second defense attorney, and first victims’ rights attorney, she has assembled a diverse senior leadership team and plans to revolutionize operations.

Reform, transparency, and accountability are Laura’s core objectives. She endeavors to reform cash bail, end all use of capital punishment, divert cases of substance use disorder and mental illness to treatment, and protect people with vulnerable immigration statuses. She is fortifying units in Conviction & Sentencing Integrity and Fraud & Consumer Protection to safeguard against unethical and exploitative behaviors. She is building the first adult restorative justice program in the state.

Laura was raised in Tucson and earned her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Arizona, and is proud to serve the community she calls home.

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Chief Deputy County Attorney

Tamara Mulembo

Tamara is responsible for the overall direction and management of PCAO administration and operations and serves as acting County Attorney when the elected official is unavailable. Tamara holds degrees in English and Spanish from the University of Arizona Honors College and graduated from the James E. Rogers College of Law. She clerked for the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division Two, is a former state and federal public defender, and was Claims Litigation Counsel with the Corporate Law Department of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance. She is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Arizona and California, Arizona Federal District Court, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Chief Criminal Deputy

Dan South

The Chief Criminal Deputy County Attorney supports all prosecution efforts and diversion opportunities to hold people accountable for their behavior and to promote restorative justice. Previously, Dan was Chief of the Community Protection Bureau, which actively monitors crime data and patterns to effectively combat criminal activity among people charged with repetitive and dangerous offenses. He has also been a trial prosecutor in the Special Victims and Major Crimes Units.
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Chief Civil Deputy

Samuel E. Brown

The Chief Civil Deputy advises the Board of Supervisors and other county leaders, in addition to managing diverse units that enforce land use and environmental regulations, help to protect election integrity, defend the County against lawsuits, handle major transactions, pursue the forfeiture of crime proceeds, and secure treatment for people who are dangerous to themselves or others. Sam is a father, husband, and community leader in Southern Arizona, serving on several community boards and organizations, including the Dunbar Coalition at the Dunbar Pavilion. Sam graduated from Tucson High School in 1996, Pima Community College in 2000, the University of Arizona in 2004, and the Washington College of Law at American University in 2007. He is a member of the Arizona and California Bars, the Arizona Black Bar Association, and Junior Achievement of Arizona.

Legal Administrator

Arika Wells

The Legal Administrator is the Administrative Manager for PCAO professional staff, leading the Human Resources, Information Technology and Finance teams that operate within PCAO. Arika directs the important work of these departments within the Attorney’s Office while collaborating efforts between Pima County and PCAO. She has extensive experience in the public sector in human resources and finance, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of San Diego, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.
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Senior Counsel

Gabriel 'Jack' Chin

Jack advises Leadership on a range of issues, with an emphasis on the work of the Conviction & Sentencing Integrity Unit (CSIU). Jack is a founder of what is now the Ohio Innocence Project, served as a Special Assistant Attorney General working on “white-collar” crime and elder abuse, and—alongside County Attorney Conover and others—started the Program in Criminal Law and Policy at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. He works on CSIU and other matters with students at the UC Davis College of Law, where he is Edward L. Barrett Jr. Chair and Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of Law.

Victim Services Director

Virginia Rodriguez

The Victim Services Director ensures that trained staff and volunteer advocates provide emotional support, information about the criminal justice system, and referrals for additional services to victims at the scene and throughout the life of the case. Virginia establishes collaborative relationships with the other providers in the community to facilitate effective care coordination for crime victims. She is a bilingual native to the Old Pueblo and has formerly served the state Attorney General’s Office, the Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project, and this Office as a Victim Advocate.
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Communications Director

Joe Watson

The Communications Director manages the Office’s public platforms, including the website, social media, and media relations. Joe is an award-winning former journalist with more than 10 years of experience as a reporter and editor for national magazines and daily newspapers, honored by the Arizona First Amendment Coalition for his news coverage of free speech and free press violations, and a former board member of the Arizona Press Club. Prior to joining PCAO, Joe worked with multiple nonprofit organizations as a directly-impacted, formerly-incarcerated advocate for sentencing reform and voting rights for the incarcerated. He was also a 2018 MacDowell Fellow in nonfiction writing.

Executive Assistant

Rozana Villanes

The Executive Assistant provides administrative support for the senior leadership team and collaborates on various special projects. Rozana has worked for PCAO since 2016 and also serves as the Wellness Coordinator for the Office. She was born and raised in Los Angeles and worked as a film industry production assistant prior to moving to Tucson.
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Community Outreach Coordinator

Patrick Robles

The Community Outreach Coordinator is responsible for fostering relationships with the people the Office serves, including organizations and agencies across Pima County that are building community. Patrick is a well-connected Tucson native with experience working for local government officials. He is currently studying Public Management and Policy at the University of Arizona.

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