Cliff Harkins Distinguished Citizen of the Year
Assistant US Attorney, District of Arizona; Tucson, AZ
Beverly (Bev) Anderson is a member of a multi-generation Arizona family. Born, raised and educated in Arizona, she has committed her career to the service of the people and institutions of the state. She graduated from Sunnyslope High School in Phoenix in 1977, entering NAU in the fall of the same year. She had an extended major in Police Science Administration, with emphasis in Accountancy. In her senior year, Bev was selected to serve with ASNAU, the student governing body, and was also a member of Mortar Board, an academic service honorary.
She was ultimately awarded the Gold Axe for outstanding academics, leadership, and service to the university. While attending the University of Arizona Law School, Bev worked as a law clerk in the Criminal Division of the Pima County Attorney’s Office, and also as a Legal Intern in the Tucson City Attorney’s office, doing research in municipal law. She received her Juris Doctorate in May 1985 and was admitted to the Arizona Bar the following year. Her initial assignment as a litigator was with Pima County Criminal division, prosecuting felony offenses.
She also specialized in the prosecution of all vehicular homicides. Bev was named Pima County Prosecutor of the year, 1989-1990. In 1991, she was assigned to the Civil Division, representing several Pima County departments in civil lawsuits including tort, personal injury and civil rights litigation. In 1997, Bev joined the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Liability Management Section, defending the State of Arizona in wrongful death/personal injury lawsuits. Arizona Attorney General, Janet Napolitano, named her the 2000 Litigator of the year.
Since 2002, Bev has served as Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona. She is the only attorney in Tucson assigned to the National Security Section, handling domestic and international terrorism as well as counter espionage cases in southern Arizona. She also sits on the Joint Terrorism Task Force in southern Arizona, coordinating all of the investigations and litigations associated with terrorism that occur from Tucson to the Arizona/Mexico border.
As initially mentioned, Beverly’s family has multi-generational ARIZONA roots. He grandfather, Rollin Gridley, was a well known teacher and coach in Tucson. Gridley Middle School in Tucson is named for him. Her father played football at the University of Arizona.
Her nomination for the Dr. Cliff Harkins Distinguished Citizen of the Year award is supported by the plethora of her admirable, unselfish “distinguished service to governmental assignments at the municipal, county, state or federal level.” She has served in valued leadership roles at all four governmental entities, city, county, state and national, during her illustrious career. Bev exemplifies and models what a truly outstanding public servant and citizen can be and how one person can make a significant impact upon her community and state.
“Mr. Harkins was a long time educator who devoted his career to public service and I’m honored to receive the award named after him,” Bev said. “Being a government lawyer and serving the community in this capacity is both an honor and a tremendous responsibility. To be placed in such a position of trust and responsibility is a privilege I don’t take lightly.”