Gila County Shopping For New Superior Court Judge

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The decision on who will fill the shoes of retiring Superior Court Judge Edd Dawson will be made by the governor later this month.

Governor Jane Hull is seeking applications from interested parties through Dec. 3. The process includes a nine-page application.

The requirements are not extensive. The Arizona constitution requires a superior court judge to be at least 30-years of age, but under 65; of good moral character; and admitted to the practice of law in, and a resident of, Arizona for five years preceding their taking office.

Lisa Flores, general counsel to the governor, said the governor will base her decision on merit and not party registration.

Community input is being sought by Dec. 11 on the candidates prior to their interviews on Dec. 13. The Payson Roundup will release the names of the applicants in the Fri. Dec. 7 issue.

Letters of recommendation can be mailed to the governor's office at 1700 W. Washington St. 9th floor, Phoenix, AZ 85007, attn: Lisa Flores, General Counsel to the Governor. Or you can e-mail Flores at Ldflores@az.gov

The appointment will run through the year 2002. Electors will have the opportunity to fill the remaining two years left in Judge Dawson's term, with their own selection during the Nov. 2002 election.

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