Gila County Superior Court Judge Peter Cahill has been named as the next presiding judge of the county.
The Arizona Constitution provides that the Supreme Court appoint a presiding judge in each county. The presiding judge is the chief judicial executive office in the county and oversees the administrative functions of all of the courts within the county.
Cahill's three-year appointment becomes effective Jan. 1 when he assumes the responsibilities of current Presiding Judge Robert Duber II.
"There are a lot of interesting challenges and things that can be done," Cahill said, adding Duber worked hard to reform the court and has a lot of dedicated employees.
The challenge, he said, is providing court services when bigger facilities are needed.
"Our juveniles present more and more challenges to us," he said. "We are attempting to do as many things as we can to help these kids reduce delinquency and reduce the harmful effects of illegal drugs."
He said being the presiding judge of a county is an interesting job that cannot be applied for in any way.
"It can bring a lot of satisfaction when you make a positive change," Cahill said. "Is it worth the headaches? I do not know."
Cahill graduated from the University of Notre Dame and the New England School of Law.
He came to Arizona as a VISTA volunteer with the Pima County Legal Aid Society in 1974.
He practiced law in Globe beginning in 1975, first with Pinal and Gila Counties Legal Aid Society, then in private practice until he was elected judge and took the Superior Court bench in January 2003.
He is currently the presiding juvenile court judge in Gila County and is also the vice president of the Arizona Judge's Association.
Cahill is a former chair of the Supreme Court of Arizona's Lawyer Disciplinary Commission. He is also a past president of the Arizona Bar Foundation, a delegate from the State Bar of Arizona to the American Bar Association House of Delegates and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Cahill is married to Terry L. Chandler, the associate presiding juvenile court judge of Pima County Superior Court.