Opinions sought on finalists for judge in Superior Court

Warren Darrow resignation creates pro tem vacancy

PRESCOTT -- The Yavapai Superior Court welcomes public comment on four finalists for the Judge Pro Tem position.  The vacancy is created by the resignation of Judge Pro Tem Warren R. Darrow on Feb. 10.

Darrow advised the court in November that he would be stepping down this month. He had been driving from his home in Prescott to the Camp Verde court since 2004 when first appointed. During his final months as a lead criminal judge, he had presided over the James Ray trial and DeMocker case. After his announcement, Darrow was given a civil caseload in a Prescott courtroom.

Seventeen candidates sought the post to replace Darrow. The finalists include Joseph C. Butner III, of Camp Verde, currently Chief Judge of the Yavapai Nation Court, John D. Napper of Prescott, Paul A. Schlegel of Cottonwood, and Ethan A. Wolfinger of Prescott.  Anonymous comments will not be considered, so please include your name in the message. Including your phone number and/or email address will allow follow up for clarification or additional information.

The Honorable David L. Mackey, Presiding Judge, Superior Court of Arizona in Yavapai County, will consider comments received when deciding whom to ask the Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court to appoint as Judge Pro Tem.  The appointment is subject to Yavapai County Board of Supervisors approval.  A decision is expected by the end of February 2012.

Email comments to dschaefer@courts.az.gov or mail them to the Superior Court in Yavapai County, Attn: Deborah Schaefer, Court Administrator, 120 S. Cortez, #410, Prescott AZ 86303.  Written comments must be received by Friday, Feb. 10, to be considered.

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