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Posted on: September 9, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Board of Supervisors Outlines Process for Filling County Attorney Vacancy

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The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is now accepting applications for County Attorney. Today the Board officially accepted the resignation of Bill Montgomery and set forth a process for filling the vacancy.

State law assigns the Board of Supervisors responsibility for appointing a new county attorney in the case of a vacancy. The process for making that appointment is not defined by state law but was agreed upon today by a unanimous vote of the Board. The process is as follows:

  • Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, September 18 at 5 pm.
  • The Board will appoint a seven-person citizen committee to screen applicants.
  • The citizen committee will review resumes, letters of recommendation, and questionnaires between September 18 and October 1. They may choose to interview some candidates.
  • The committee will submit a list of recommendations to the Board on October 1.
  • The Board will choose a new county attorney in the following days or weeks. This choice will be solely at the Board’s discretion and may or may not be one of the recommended candidates.

The applicant must be a Maricopa County resident over the age of 18; a licensed attorney; and, like Montgomery, a registered Republican. Those interested in applying may download and complete the required questionnaire.

Applicants should send the completed questionnaire, a letter of interest, a resume, and any letters of recommendation to the Office of the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, 301 W. Jefferson, 10th Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85003 or email it to ClerkBoard@maricopa.gov. All documents filed with the Clerk’s Office will become public records. Applicants are subject to a background check. As stated, applications will only be accepted through Wednesday, September 18 at 5 pm.

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