County chooses 2 new court officials

A pair of time-consuming searches has culminated with the announcement of two new department heads for Yavapai County.

During Saturday night’s retirement party for longtime Director of Juvenile Court Services Gordon Glau, Yavapai County Superior Court Presiding Judge Robert Brutinel unveiled not only Glau’s replacement, but also the person who will take over for former Adult Probation Director Bill Fitzgerald, who left this past fall for a similar post in Texas.

Scott Mabery, a longtime juvenile probation officer for Yavapai County and the current juvenile probation supervisor in the Verde Valley, will take over for Glau starting today.

Mabery was one of 50 applicants for the job, which opened up last October when Glau announced his intention to retire after serving 30 years in the Yavapai County Juvenile Court Center.

"Everyone in the department knows Scott. Everyone likes him and respects him," said Brutinel during a Sunday evening telephone interview. "We’re confident he can step up and do the job."

Taking over the Adult Probation reins is Billie Grobe, who will come to Yavapai County following a stint as a division director for the Maricopa County Adult Probation Department.

Grobe topped a field of 18 candidates looking to replace Fitzgerald, who retired from his Yavapai County post in November after 14 years in order to become the Chief of Community Supervision and Corrections for Bexar County, Texas.

"Billie was the consensus. Everybody said this is an outstanding person and this is the person you should choose," Brutinel said. "Everybody says she’s a real star."

Grobe is expected to officially assume the post the first week of April.

Less than a month into his own new position as the county’s presiding judge, Brutinel is eager to team up with the new county department chiefs.

"They’re both replacing people who are very talented and did a great job for Yavapai County," Brutinel said. "I’m confident each of these people are going to be outstanding directors in their own right. I’m looking forward to working with them."

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