Timothy Franquist - Air Quality Division Director

Timothy Franquist was appointed to ADEQ’s Air Quality Division director May 2016 after serving as the program's deputy director since November 2014. His role as director involves the protection of public health and the environment by helping control present and future air pollution sources. In this position, he oversees the following Arizona air quality programs: the ambient monitoring network, pollution forecasting, compliance and enforcement, permitting, vehicle emissions inspections, and the development of state implementation plans and rules.

Franquist has been with ADEQ for more than 12 years, 10 of which he served in air quality. He started in the Waste Program Division in January 2004, working as an environmental health specialist for almost two years. Then, he became an environmental program specialist in the Water Quality Division and again in the Air Quality Enforcement Unit. 

Franquist took on the role of supervisor in April 2007 for the Air Quality Technical Services & Enforcement Unit before becoming Environmental Program Manager of the Air Quality Compliance Section. He served in this position for four years until acquiring the position of deputy director for the Air Quality Division, where he managed strategic program and budget planning, legislative and media relations, leadership development, and personnel actions.

Franquist received his bachelor’s degree in environmental science and policy from The University of Maryland and his master’s in environmental management from Arizona State University in 2011.