Posted by Ellen Wheeler on Sep 29, 2017
Biography ~ Carmine DeBonis, Jr.
Deputy County Administrator
Carmine DeBonis, Jr., advanced the majority of his professional life working with Pima County, Arizona, one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. After graduating from
the University of Arizona in 1991 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Regional Development, Carmine worked with the Pima County Board of Supervisors through 1996.
During this time with the Board, Carmine quickly advanced to positions of greater responsibility. His exposure to nearly every aspect of government service including land use, public infrastructure, law enforcement, health care and community services, allowed Carmine to foster effective relationships. He effectively reached consensus on complex community issues and bridged differing viewpoints from varied constituencies.
In 1997, Carmine accepted a position with the Pima County Development Services Department. After serving in increasingly responsible roles supporting the development, building and planning divisions, Carmine advanced to department Director in 2001. With continued emphasis on partnering and team building, the department was transformed into a customer-friendly, agile organization.
The agency was skillfully managed through an economic downturn resulting in increased service delivery levels despite suffering a reduction of 60 percent of operating expenses and associated staff reductions. Carmine aptly directed policy and process changes to achieve a 75 percent reduction of review timeframes for building permits and development approvals. As a result, County leadership relied on Carmine to lead activities outside his department to streamline land entitlement and development approval processes.
Carmine DeBonis, Jr., is now one of three Deputy County Administrators for Pima County.  As of mid-December 2016 he oversees approximately 1,200 employees comprising the functions of seven Pima County Public Works Departments: Development Services; Environmental Quality; Transportation; Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation; Regional Flood Control District; Regional Wastewater Reclamation; and the Office of Sustainability and Conservation. Other organizational support units in Carmine’s area of responsibility include the Public Works Administration office, Public Works Human Resources Support Unit, the Project Management office and the Real Property Services office.
In this leadership capacity, Carmine will rely on his numerous successful experiences to guide the Public Works departments toward increasing customer satisfaction, improving processes, enhancing financial efficiency and promoting employee development. Using progressive techniques and business strategies, Carmine will lead the public sector agencies under his direction to not only meet, but exceed, service delivery expectations for the greater benefit of Pima County.
Carmine completed his Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the University of Arizona in 2006. He is blessed with a beautiful family: his wife Norma and two active teenagers, Mia and Nicholas. In his spare time, Carmine enjoys restoring his 1965 Ford Mustang.