On Friday, the Gila County Superior Court announced Globe attorney Gary V. Scales would replace retiring pro tem Judge Peter J. DeNinno.
“Scales has more than 30 years of experience as a lawyer, including work as a federal prosecutor, a criminal defense attorney and even more important, as an attorney practicing in juvenile court,” said Gila County Presiding Judge Peter J. Cahill, who made the recommendation to select Scales.
“Scales is well respected by lawyers and federal and state court judges throughout Arizona. He also has valuable experience serving as a pro tem judge in the Globe Justice Court. It is obvious why Scales was so highly recommended by the Selection Committee.
“While losing Judge DeNinno after his many years of excellent service is a loss for our court, Scales will help Judge Duber and me continue to bring the high quality judicial services to Gila County that its citizens deserve and expect.”
A Judge Pro Tempore Selection Committee, chaired by retired Payson Justice of the Peace Ronnie McDaniel, nominated Scales as its unanimous, first-choice recommendation.
“We received six applications from highly qualified lawyers,” McDaniel said. “It was clear to us from his impressive career and his references that Scales will make an excellent judge. He will do an excellent job for Gila County — north and south — for years to come.”
Gila County’s pro tem judge hears all types of cases and is assigned to preside over child-support enforcement cases, child abuse and neglect cases and a variety of other cases assigned by the presiding judge, including part of the criminal calendar.
While Scales’ final court schedule and assignments have not been decided, Cahill said, “continued funding by the Gila County Board of Supervisors of a pro tem judge allows the county to have full, regularly scheduled superior court calendars in both Globe and Payson.
“Scales will help fulfill my commitment that all Gila County citizens have access to the courts reasonably near where they live and work.”
Cahill has requested that Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch make the pro tem appointment. Scales will undergo another background check before the chief justice approves the appointment.