Brian Bickel is firmly committed to improving the lives of everyone and as the Pima County Treasurer will work diligently to bring clarity, transparency, and fiscal responsibility to the office.
He was born and raised in Michigan and relocated to Arizona in 1972 after his discharge from the United States Marine Corps. He served in Vietnam from March 1970 to March 1971. After his return to the states, he was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma. While there he met his wife Susan. He enrolled in the University of Arizona in 1973 and graduated with degrees in microbiology and medical technology in 1976.
Shortly thereafter he moved to Lubbock, Texas where he completed a clinical internship in Medical Technology in 1977. While working as a Medical Technologist, he completed a Master of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at Texas Tech University.
In 1996 he began a career transition into hospital administration and moved to Barstow, California where he was the Assistant Chief Executive Officer of Barstow Community Hospital. During the next sixteen years, he served as the Chief Executive Officer at several hospitals around the country, ending his career as the Chief Executive Officer at Southeast Arizona Medical Center in Douglas, Arizona. After moving to Tucson in the spring of 2013 he became involved in local politics and ran for Pima County Supervisor losing a close race as a Democrat in a Republican district.
In addition, he maintained his ties to the military serving in the Naval Reserve from 1972 until 1977 and the Army Reserve from 1977 to his retirement in 1998 at the rank of Major. While in the Army Reserve he was deployed to Panama for Operation Just Cause, Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Storm where he received the Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Service and Bosnia for Operation Joint Guard where he was awarded the Joint Defense Commendation Medal.
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