FILE - Arizona State Capitol Executive Tower

The Executive Tower at the Arizona state capitol in Phoenix, Ariz.

The state of Arizona has a new chief operating officer, Republican Gov. Doug Ducey announced Monday. 

Ducey appointed Daniel Ruiz, who previously served as a senior advisor to the governor, as COO, effective immediately.

In his role as COO, Ruiz will “oversee all state agency operations and manage the Governor’s cabinet,” the governor’s office said in a press release on Monday.

Ruiz “has earned the respect of stakeholders and other leaders throughout our state, both inside and outside of government,” Ducey said. “Daniel’s ability to solve problems, bring people together and get things done will bring renewed energy to our efforts to reform state government and improve how we serve taxpayers and citizens.”

Ruiz has been part of Ducey’s administration in a variety of roles since 2015, previously serving as communications director and overseeing the Office of Constituent Services. 

“I’m looking forward to working directly with our senior staff, our agency directors and our dedicated state employees to continue the Governor’s vision of Opportunity for All in the state of Arizona,” Ruiz said.

Ruiz replaces Gilbert Davidson, who left the position in December after two years.


Regional Editor

Derek Draplin is a regional editor at The Center Square. He previously worked as an opinion producer at Forbes, and as a reporter at Michigan Capitol Confidential and The Detroit News. He’s also an editor at The Daily Caller.