Public Fiduciary

The Public Fiduciary Office conducts investigations and recommends to the court what is in the best interest for incapacitated persons.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Public Fiduciary Office is to provide case and financial management to those individuals that are unable to make decisions due to their incapacity. It is the responsibility of the public fiduciary to protect the legal rights and financial interests of these individuals so that they can live as independently as possible.

Vision Statement

The Apache County Public Fiduciary is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people in need of guardianship and alternative protective services.

Purpose & Activities

If there is no other person willing to serve as guardian, conservator, personal representative, and payee of an incapacitated individual, a public fiduciary may be appointed. Our cases are most frequently referred to us by nursing homes, physicians, hospitals, and Adult Protective Services. 

Public fiduciary responsibilities: 

  • Provide guardianship/conservatorship services as set forth in the Arizona Revised Statutes for persons whom we have been court-appointed as guardian/conservator. 
  • Administer the indigent burial program. 
  • Administer decedent estates as statutorily set forth in the Arizona Revised Statutes for those estates on which we have been appointed by the court. 
  • Collaborate with outside agencies to prevent and prosecute abuse/financial exploitation of elderly and/or vulnerable adults.


Contact Info

Office Hours:
6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Monday–Thursday, closed Fridays 

Apache County Public Fiduciary Office
Devin Brown, Public Fiduciary
395 South 1st St. West
PO Box 693
St. Johns, AZ 85936 

P: (928) 337-7639
F: (928) 337-4598