APAAC Council


Kenneth A. Angle
Graham County Attorney

Kenneth A. Angle is the County Attorney for Graham County.  The county attorney office and superior court is located in Safford, Arizona.  County Attorney Angle and his staff prosecute the felony cases for the jurisdiction.


 

 

 

   

Bradley Beauchamp
Gila County Attorney
Bradley Beauchamp is the county attorney for Gila County.  Gila County Superior Court and offices are located both in Globe and in Payson, Arizona.  County Attorney Beauchamp and his staff prosecute the felony cases for Gila County's jurisdiction.
 

 

 

   


John Belatti
Mesa City Prosecutor

John L. Belatti began his legal career in 1986 as a Superior Court bailiff in Seattle, Washington.  After two years in a construction law litigation firm, he joined the King County Prosecutor’s Office in Seattle, where he worked for eleven years.  Mr. Belatti moved from being a Deputy Prosecutor handling drug, property, violent and sex crimes, to a Senior Deputy Prosecutor handling more serious crimes and homicides.  He was on the appellate unit for several years, arguing before the state Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, before becoming the Managing Attorney for the prosecutor’s office at King County’s new Regional Justice Center.  In 2001, Mr. Belatti moved to Arizona and joined the Scottsdale City Prosecutor’s Office, where he worked for several years before crossing to the civil division and handling civil litigation for the Scottsdale City Attorney’s Office.  In 2009, Mr. Belatti became the Chandler City Prosecutor, and in 2014 he was named the City Prosecutor for the City of Mesa.

 

 

 
   


Mark Brnovich
Arizona Attorney General

Mark Brnovich is the son of an immigrant mother who legally emigrated from the former Yugoslavia in the 1950ʼs to escape the horrors of communism.

The family moved to Arizona in the 1960ʼs from Detroit, Michigan and Mark grew up in Phoenix and attended public schools from first grade through high school. Mark went on to graduate from Arizona State University (BS, political science, cum laude). Like many Arizonans, he was drawn to San Diego, where he graduated from law school (University of San Diego 1991) but returned to his roots in Arizona after graduation.

Mark met his wife Susan while they both worked as prosecutors for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. Mark worked in the Gang/Repeat Offender Unit and prosecuted many difficult and high profile cases from 1992 to 1998. Always interested in new challenges, he went on to work at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office (1998-2003) and represented the Arizona Department of Gaming, where he developed an expertise in gambling law.

Mark previously served as the Director of the Goldwater Institute’s Center for Constitutional Government, and authored numerous studies, articles, and briefs advocating for free markets and individual liberty. He also briefly served as a Senior Director for the Corrections Corporation of America before returning to his roots as a prosecutor and public servant. Mark has served as an Assistant United States Attorney where he prosecuted public integrity crimes, as well as, crimes occurring in Indian Country.

He left the U.S. Attorney’s Office to serve the people of Arizona as the Director of the Arizona Department of Gaming, a law enforcement agency that investigates illegal gambling activity and coordinates efforts with tribal regulators to ensure the integrity of tribal gaming. During his four-year tenure, the Department seized hundreds of illegal gambling devices for the first time in the agency’s history, led investigations, and assisted in the prosecution of illegal gambling operations. The Department also streamlined the vendor certification process and proactively worked with tribal gaming operations to reduce the number of compact violations during every year of his tenure.

Mark and Susan have two children, who attend charter schools in Phoenix. They have two dogs and enjoy hiking, dinner with friends and family, as well as, various sporting activities. Mark is also a huge Grateful Dead fan.

Mark was sworn into office as Arizona Attorney General on January 5, 2015.

 

 

 

   

David K. Byers
AZ Supreme Court Administrative Director

Dave Byers was appointed Administrative Director of the Courts in 1992.  Dave has been with the Supreme Court since 1978 holding a variety of positions including Director of the State Foster Care Review Board System, Director of the Program Services Division, Director of Adult and Juvenile Probation, and Deputy Director of the Supreme Court.

As Director, he assists in the oversight and administration of a court system that employs 10,000 people and operates in more than 200 locations, processes more than 2.6 million cases per year; supervises 42,000 adult felons on probation; and has a combined budget from all courts in excess of $550 million dollars.  The Supreme Court also oversees the State Bar of Arizona and the discipline process for the State’s 15,000 plus attorneys.

He received his B.A. degree in Iowa and his M.A. degree from Arizona State University.  He has served as the President of the National Association of Foster Care Reviewers, as Founder of the Arizona Friends of Foster Care Foundation, and as the Chairman of the Board of the State’s Social Services Indemnity Pool.  He served as president of the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) and as Vice President of the National Center for State Courts, he serves on the Department of Justice – Global Advisory Commission, Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, the Board of Directors of the Arizona Prosecuting Attorney’s Advisory Council, and the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Arizona. He is currently Vice-chair of the Board of Trustees of the state’s $27B retirement system

He is married to Linda, a 3rd grade school teacher, and they have three grown children and two grandchildren.

 

 

 
   

Brad Carlyon
Navajo County Attorney
APAAC Vice Chair

Brad Carlyon has served as Navajo County Attorney since 2008. He was honored nationally as the 2011 and 2016 County Attorney of the Year by WeTip for fighting drug trafficking and abuse, establishing the Navajo County Domestic Violence Court, leading the effort to establish Family Advocacy Centers in Show Low and Holbrook and his leadership in instituting innovative approaches to fighting and treating substance abuse. Brad was also honored state-wide as the Leader of the Year in Public Policy for Criminal Justice by the Arizona Capital Times in 2012 and 2016 for his leadership in creating the Navajo County Homicide Task Force and also an Arson Task Force and for his innovative leadership in addressing effective treatment and prevention of alcohol-related issues.

Brad previously served as Chief Deputy County Attorney in Apache County and as a Deputy County Attorney in Navajo County, and began his career in private law. Brad served as a Navajo County Superior Court Judge pro tem for over three years. Brad serves as vice-chair of the Arizona Prosecuting Attorney’s Advisory Council, is a past President of the Arizona Association of Counties, is a member of the Arizona State Council on the Interstate Compact for the Supervision of Adult Offenders and serves on the National Association of Counties Justice and Public Safety Committee.

Brad is President of the Navajo County Family Resource Center and Chair of the AACo Foundation. He was raised in Payson, earned a BS in Business Administration-Finance from Northern Arizona University before graduating magna cum laude from the University of Arizona College of Law.

Brad resides in Show Low with his wife Anna and has three children, Tiffany, Thadeus and Arius.



 
 
   


Jeremy Ford
Greenlee County Attorney

Jeremy Ford was elected Greenlee County Attorney in 2016 and is a career prosecutor.  He began his career as a Deputy County Attorney in the Graham County Attorney’s Office before becoming the Chief Deputy County Attorney in Greenlee County in December 2014.  After serving two years as Chief Deputy Greenlee County Attorney, Jeremy ran for the office of Greenlee County Attorney and began his first term in January 2017.

Jeremy has a passion for prosecution and continues to carry an active caseload as County Attorney.  As a prosecutor, he strives to bring justice to Greenlee County while upholding the constitutional principles which underlie the criminal justice system.

Jeremy loves rural living and is a fifth generation native of Arizona.  He was raised in Glendale, Arizona, graduating from Independence High School.  He obtained two bachelor degrees and his law degree from Arizona State University.  He also taught criminal justice courses at Eastern Arizona College while working as a Deputy County Attorney in Graham County.   

After finishing law school, Jeremy moved to rural Arizona and has remained there since.  Jeremy and his wife, Wendy, are the proud parents of five children who they are raising in the small town of Duncan, Arizona. 

 

 

 
   

Ryan Glover
Glendale City Prosecutor
Ryan Glover is the City Prosecutor for the City of Glendale.  Mr. Glover began his prosecution career with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office where he served nearly two years before moving to the City of Surprise Prosecutor’s Office, where he served over ten years.  He became the Glendale City Prosecutor in 2015 and his office is responsible for handling misdemeanor offenses occurring within the jurisdiction of Glendale.
 

 

 

   

Vicki Hill
Phoenix City Prosecutor

Vicki Hill is the Acting City Prosecutor for the City of Phoenix. Ms. Hill joined the Prosecutor's Office in January 1994. She received her J.D. from Creighton University College of Law in 1993 and her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Arizona State University in 1986.  She has been a member of the Trial Bureau and Training Unit. Most recently, she held the position of Chief Assistant City Prosecutor/Trial Bureau Chief.  

Ms. Hill previously supervised the Domestic Violence Unit and was a co-chair of the City Domestic Violence Task Force. She has lectured on “Search and Seizure” and “Courtroom Demeanor” at the Phoenix Regional Police Academy, and was a co-presenter of “Scientific Evidence” at the Northwestern University Eighteenth Annual Vehicular Homicide/DWI Conference.  In February 2015, Vicki participated in the Body-Worn Camera Expert Panel for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) in Washington D.C. 

 

 

 

   

Barbara LaWall
Pima County Attorney

In 1996, Barbara LaWall was the first woman to be elected Pima County Attorney.  She is currently serving her fourth term.   Ms. LaWall graduated from The University of Arizona College of Law in 1976 and began her career as a Deputy Pima County Attorney, then served as Chief Criminal Deputy and Chief Deputy before being elected Pima County Attorney.

As Pima County Attorney, tough prosecution, holding criminals accountable, crime prevention, providing quality victim services and running a cost-effective office are her top priorities.

Ms. LaWall is a nationally recognized prosecutor. She is a board member and Past Vice-President of the National District Attorney’s Association. She was elected to chair the Board of Trustees of the American Prosecutors Research Institute, and she is a member of the American Prosecutors Research Institute (APRI) Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice.  Ms. LaWall also teaches for the National College of District Attorneys and for the District Attorneys National Advocacy Center.

Ms. LaWall serves on the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission and was chair for two years.  In addition, she was appointed by Governor Janet Napolitano to chair the search committee for the Director of the State Department of Corrections and to chair the Governor’s Statewide Methamphetamine Task Force.

She has received the LULAC/FBI 2009 Community Service Award; MADD 2009 Southern Arizona Community Champions Award; Arizona Women’s Political Caucus Tucson Chapter 2009 Mim Morris Women Making History Award; University of Arizona Program in Criminal Law and Policy 2009 Certificate of Appreciation; Arizona State Bar 2009 Michael C. Cudahy Criminal Justice Award; 2008 LULAC 19th Annual Youth Leadership Conference – Presidential Citation Community Service Award; National Advocacy Center’s 2008 Distinguished Faculty Award, the National District Attorneys Association’s most prestigious teaching award; 2008 Compass Award - Men’s Anti-Violence Partnership of Southern Arizona; 2008 Law Enforcement Coordinating Council of the U.S. Attorney’s Office (LECC) Ethical Leadership Award; National College of District Attorneys’ 2007 Lecturer of Merit Award; YWCA Women on the Move Award; Arizona State Bar Association, Law Related Education Award; and the Arizona Women’s Lawyer Alice Truman Leadership Award.

Ms. LaWall is a board member of the YWCA-Tucson and an advisory board member of the Pima County Children’s Advocacy Center and Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Tucson.

 

 

 

   

Brian McIntyre
Cochise County Attorney
Brian McIntyre is a native of Cochise County and third generation Arizonan. He was born and raised in Douglas and now lives in Sierra Vista with his wife and two daughters. He was appointed by the Cochise County Board of Supervisors to complete the remaining two years of Ed Rheinheimer’s term after Ed’s retirement. Brian holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University (GO SUN DEVILS!) in Justice Studies and a Juris Doctorate from the Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana. He has been a prosecutor for the majority of his legal career. He began in misdemeanors working in a now condemned basement office, moved up to felonies in 2009, and swore in as County Attorney in January, 2015. When not working or shuttling his children to school/sporting events, he can probably be found at a pool table with his wife practicing for his retirement career.
 

 

 

   
 
Alan L. Merritt
Tucson City Prosecutor
Alan L. Merritt is the Tucson City Prosecutor. He resides in Tucson since moving from Illinois in 1981. Alan earned his undergraduate degree in Creative Writing and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arizona. He is an avid University of Arizona basketball and football fan and a lifelong motorcyclist. Alan has been with the Tucson City Attorney's Office Criminal Division for twenty five years.
   
   

Marc L. Miller
Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law
Marc L. Miller is the Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law at the University of Arizona College of Law. Dean Miller taught at Emory University Law School from 1988-2005, where he served as Associate Dean for Faculty and Scholarship (2003-2005). He is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and Pomona College, and grew up in Los Angeles.
Dean Miller writes and teaches about environmental law and policy and criminal law and policy. He is the author of more than 70 articles and essays on a wide range of environmental, criminal justice, immigration and legal theory topics. He is editor of several casebooks on criminal procedure and sentencing, and co-founded the Federal Sentencing Reporter, the leading journal on sentencing law and policy and a joint project of the Vera Institute of Justice and the University of California Press. He currently serves as a series editor for Summits - books focused on the intersection of environmental science, law, and policy.
Dean Miller's scholarship addresses the nature of law. On the criminal side, current work includes a series of articles on the role and regulation of prosecutorial discretion, including a multi-year empirical evaluation of prosecutorial decision-making. At a more general theoretical level, this work deals with policymaking within executive branch agencies, especially in those areas not readily amenable to external judicial or legislative review. His environmental work highlights topics at the intersection of environmental science, policy, and law with special attention to the concept of sustainability and to the relationship between science and environmental policy-making. Much of his environmental work is done in collaboration with natural and social scientists.
At Arizona, Dean Miller serves as co-director of the Arizona Law Program in Criminal Law and Policy, and has joint and affiliated appointments with the University of Arizona Institute of the Environment, the Environmental Health Sciences Program of the University of Arizona Zuckerman School of Public Health, and with the Global Change PhD minor, among other programs and institutes. He serves on various university committees, including a workgroup through the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship at the Eller College of Management to create a new Masters program focusing on capitalizing ventures. He also serves on the steering committee developing a new graduate degree certificate program in American Indian natural resource, and as Associate Director for Interdisciplinary Education for the Arizona Telemedicine Program.
Before teaching, Dean Miller served as law clerk to Chief Judge John Godbold of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, as Attorney-Advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice, and as Special Counsel at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York. Dean Miller has been a visiting professor at Stanford Law School and Duke Law School. Dean Miller is a member of the American Law Institute (ALI), and an advisor to various criminal justice and environmental publications and organizations.
 

 

 

   

Bill Montgomery
Maricopa County Attorney

Bill Montgomery was elected Maricopa County Attorney in 2010 on a pledge to fight crime, honor victims’ rights, and protect and strengthen our community.   As a West Point Graduate, decorated Gulf War Veteran, professional prosecutor and former Deputy County Attorney, he has dedicated his personal and professional life to serving others.

Raised in a single-parent household just south of Los Angeles, Bill learned early the lessons of hard work and perseverance, graduating near the top of his high school class and becoming the first graduate to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.  His leadership style was subsequently tested on the battlefield as a Tank Platoon leader during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, where he led missions protecting U.S. operations from Iraqi forces.  He was awarded a Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Service for his contribution to the liberation of Kuwait, and was later promoted to the rank of Captain, ultimately rising to the rank of Major while serving in the Individual Ready Reserve.

Following his military service and work in the private sector, Bill earned his J.D. from ASU Law School, graduating Magna Cum Laude and receiving the prestigious Order of the Coif.  He went to work for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office where he quickly gained a reputation as an aggressive prosecutor and tireless advocate for victims’ rights, garnering tough sentences for felony drunk drivers, serious repeat felons and gang members.  He also supervised prosecutions in the Auto Theft Bureau, which recorded a 35% drop in auto theft under his leadership.

As County Attorney, Bill is committed to vigorously prosecuting crimes and holding criminals accountable, including crimes associated with illegal immigration.   He is committed to partnering with law enforcement along with business and civic leaders to protect and strengthen our communities, and strongly supports the involvement of local law enforcement in assisting with enforcement of our immigration laws.

Recognizing that violent child sexual predators cannot be rehabilitated, Bill has been an outspoken advocate for life sentences for these offenders.  He also supports GPS monitoring for other convicted child molesters, and Internet sting operations to capture child predators before they get the chance to victimize children.  His goal is to let would-be child predators know they will find no safe haven in Arizona.

Bill is equally determined to fight fraud and identify theft through the County Attorney’s specialized Fraud and Identity Theft Enforcement bureau.  He also supports the Castle Doctrine Law, which recognizes a citizen’s right to defend his or her family without fear of prosecution; and Arizona’s Three Strikes Law, which targets repeat violent criminals.  Bill has helped shape legislation designed to protect victims of crime and reform Child Protective Services, and he continues to be a passionate advocate for Victims Rights in Arizona as Maricopa County Attorney.

Bill currently resides in Gilbert, Arizona with his wife and their children.



 
 
   

Sheila Polk
Yavapai County Attorney
APAAC Chair

Sheila Polk was elected in November of 2000 and is the first female to hold the office of Yavapai County Attorney. She is currently serving her third 4-year term.

A 1982 graduate of ASU Law School, Ms. Polk began her career as a law clerk at the Arizona Supreme Court for Justice Jack D.H. Hays, then served as an Assistant Arizona Attorney General in both the civil and criminal divisions of the office until 1994 when she and her family moved to Prescott. There, Ms. Polk worked as a deputy county attorney in the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office and was awarded the Arizona Outstanding Felony Prosecutor for Small Counties in 2000. Among her accomplishments in office are her work to mobilize the community to proactively address methamphetamine and substance abuse issues, the development of the county’s Early Disposition Court that was awarded the 2004 Arizona Supreme Court Justice For Better Arizona Award, her outreach to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to develop an ethics program for prosecutors titled “Law and Society: Lessons of the Holocaust,” and her establishment of the Northern Arizona Animal Cruelty Task Force.

Ms. Polk is an active member of the Prescott community where she and her husband of 27 years have raised their three sons, all of whom currently attend college in Colorado. Ms. Polk is involved in the Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters organization and mentors a “Little Sister.”

   
 

 

 


William P. Ring
Coconino County Attorney

 

Bill Ring was elected as Coconino County on November 8, 2016 and he took office on January 6, 2017. Previously, Mr. Ring served for 15 years in the Coconino County Attorney’s Office in every position common to deputy county attorneys including juvenile, misdemeanor and felony prosecutor and, most often, as a civil deputy and Senior Civil Attorney. Mr. Ring began his career with the Coconino County Attorney in 1989 and has served under prior County Attorneys, the honorable Mr. Verkamp, Mr. Hance, and Mr. Rozema.

Mr. Ring is a strong advocate for improving the safety of Communities through the vigorous and fair application of the law, and for ethical and effective public service from the dedicated members of the Coconino County Attorneys Office. Mr. Ring is admitted to practice law in the State of Arizona and the Supreme Court of the United States, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the District Courts of Arizona.

Mr. Ring is a graduate of the University of Rochester with a degree in Religious Studies (B.A., 1983) and a Master’s Degree in Education (M.S. Ed., 1985). He is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s Rogers College of Law (J.D., 1989). He has been active in a variety of civic leadership groups including the Coconino County Bar Association (past-President), and is a past-Board Member to the Coconino County Sustainable Economic Development Initiative, the Northern Arizona Builders Association and the Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Ring is a graduate of the inaugural Flinn-Brown Foundation’s Civic Leadership Academy and he will continue to provide leadership skills and qualities to the Coconino County Attorneys Office.

Mr. Ring and his wife have lived in Flagstaff for 28 continuous years and raised their children in Flagstaff. The children are pursuing undergraduate and graduate work in engineering, philosophy and medicine.
 
   

 

 

 

Tony Rogers
La Paz County Attorney

Tony Rogers was elected as the La Paz County Attorney in 2013. In his first stint as an elected official, and as a County Attorney, Mr. Rogers has taken a “hands on” approach and has personally prosecuted several high profile cases. Mr. Rogers is currently President of the Arizona County Attorney and Sheriffs Association (ACASA), and serves on the APAAC Best Practices Committee. Prior to his election as the La Paz County Attorney, Mr. Rogers was the appointed La Paz County Public Defender. Having served as lead official of both the Defense and Prosecution offices, Mr. Rogers has the unique perspective of a veteran of “both sides of the fence.”

Mr. Rogers received his J.D. degree from the U.C.L.A. School Law in 1987. Mr. Rogers is married and the father of two daughters.

 

 

 

   

Tobin Sidles
Oro Valley Town Prosecutor

Tobin C. Sidles is a veteran misdemeanor prosecutor currently working for the Town of Oro Valley, where he has been the Town Prosecutor for over twenty years. Tobin is a 1982 graduate of Northern Arizona University with a Bachelors degree in Psychology, and also a Masters degree in Public Administration. He is a 1985 graduate of the University of Arizona School of Law. He has worked for several jurisdictions as a special prosecutor, handling misdemeanors and felony conflict cases.

Tobin currently resides in Tucson, Arizona with his wife and two children.



 
 
   

George E. Silva
Santa Cruz County Attorney

Mr. George E. Silva is the Santa Cruz County Attorney and was elected to his post on November of 2004.  As the County Attorney, Mr. Silva prosecutes all felony and juvenile offenses which occur in the County and all misdemeanor offenses which occur in the unincorporated areas of the County.  Moreover, he provides legal advice to the County Board of Supervisors and all the County Departments. In addition, he represents school districts and fire districts within the county.

As the County Attorney, Mr. Silva is an advocate for our youth and is very active in his community with his “You have the Power” campaign.  This campaign empowers our youth and teaches them that only they have the power to make good, healthy choices in life.  Good and healthy choices will allow our youth to realize their dreams, goals, and full potential.

Prior to his election to the County Attorney’s Office, Mr. Silva worked as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Nogales.  He also worked in the Santa Cruz County Attorney’s Office for approximately five years as a Deputy County Attorney.  As a Deputy County Attorney, he was assigned to the Juvenile Prosecution Division, the Misdemeanor Prosecution Division, and the Drug Enforcement Prosecution Division assigned to the Santa Cruz County Metro Task Force (Narcotics).  As a Drug Prosecutor, he worked on Operation Apache.  Operation Apache consisted of infiltrating the Nogales High School with an undercover police officer pretending to be a student.  The undercover officer was able to identify key drug dealers in the school which resulted in successful prosecutions.  Mr. Silva also worked as a Law Clerk for the City of Tucson Public Defenders Office.  Aside from his work experience, Mr. Silva also enlisted in the United States Army Reserve and served his country for eight years as a Legal Specialist.  He was Honorably Discharges in 1999.

George Silva is a proud graduate of Nogales High School. Upon his graduation from Nogales High School in 1989, he attended Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.   Mr. Silva obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from ASU on May 1994.  He then enrolled in the University of Arizona College of law and obtained his Juris Doctor in Law on May 1997.  Although Mr. Silva attended both ASU and the UofA, he considers himself a proud Sun Devil.



 
 
   

Jon R. Smith
Yuma County Attorney

Jon R. Smith has served as the Yuma County Attorney since December of 2004.  From April 2001 until then, he served as the Chief Civil Deputy County Attorney.  From October 1993 until April 2001, Mr. Smith was an associate attorney for Bowman & Smith, P.C., concentrating his practice in civil plaintiff litigation and public practice defense.  He received his Juris Doctor degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Cum Laude, were he served as Assistant Editor for Law Review.  He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona.

Mr. Smith was President of the Yuma County Bar Association (2000) and Young Lawyers’ Division (1995), and Chairman of the Yuma County Methamphetamine Coalition (2007).  He also served as Vice President (2007) and President (2008) of the Arizona County Attorneys’ and Sheriffs’ Association.  He is a member the National District Attorneys’ Association and the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys’ Advisory Counsel, and a past member of the Arizona Trial Lawyers’ Association and Association of Trial Lawyers of America and has served as co-coordinator for the Arizona State Mock Trial Program for the last decade and continues to assist in the program locally.  Mr. Smith is licensed to practice before the Arizona Supreme Court, the Colorado Supreme Court, the United States District Court, District of Arizona and the United States Supreme Court.



 
 
   

Matt Smith
Mohave County Attorney

Matt Smith was recommended by former Mohave County Attorney Bill Ekstrom in December of 2003, and unanimously selected by the Mohave County Board of Supervisors to fill out Ekstrom’s unexpired term.  He was elected as Mohave County Attorney in November of 2004, and was re-elected in November, 2008 for a second term.  Matt is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a J.D. in1985 and Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Political Science in 1982.  He moved to Kingman in 1987.  He is married, and he and his wife, Margaret, have two young daughters, Julianna and Bridgette.  Matt began his legal career as a prosecutor with the Mohave County Attorney’s Office 21 years ago and served the community as head of the felony trial division for the last 7 years.  As County Attorney he supervises an office of 21 prosecutors and 5 civil deputies.  He continues to do trial work and specializes in handling death penalty and child molestation cases.



 
 
   

Kent Volkmer
Pinal County Attorney
Mr. Kent Volkmer, the newly elected Pinal County Attorney, was elected in 2016 promising fiscal responsibility and transparency to the people of Pinal County. He was sworn in a public ceremony on January 3, 2017. Mr. Volkmer is committed to justice, honoring the rights of victims, and strengthening our community. As your County Attorney, he is dedicated to serving the public with integrity and fairness. Mr. Volkmer attended the University of Akron, obtaining both a law degree, with a certificate in Litigation, and his M.B.A. During his years in the private sector, operating his own law firm, Mr. Volkmer served local community members in a variety of matters including Juvenile Law, both Delinquency and Dependency, Family Law, Guardianships and Conservatorships, Probate, Wills, Estate Planning and Criminal Law.

Mr. Volkmer has created an initiative to increase public awareness of services offered by the county attorney’s office through community engagement, working with law enforcement, community leaders, and local business organizations to better protect the rights of victims and their families.

Mr. Volkmer is committed to efficiency and accountability to the people of Pinal County, and believes in operating under the simple rule “Always seek to do the right thing.”


 
 
   

Michael Whiting
Apache County Attorney

Michael Whiting, is a lifelong resident of Apache County, with both sides of his family living in Apache County for five generations. After graduating from St. Johns High School and receiving a Bachelor of Science with honors from Arizona State University’s College of Engineering, he then received his law degree from Arizona State University. One of the awards he received in law school was the highest score during the “Berch Oral Argument Competition.”

Mr. Whiting began his legal career with the prestigious firm of Aspey, Watkins and Diesel. Several years later, he moved back to St. Johns as a felony prosecutor and prosecuted the first death-penalty case in the history of Apache County. He then joined the law firm of Brown and Brown, where he represented various irrigation companies, ranchers and Northern Arizona towns in the Little Colorado River General Stream Adjudication. This complex litigation allowed Mr. Whiting to working with various Native American tribes, the State of Arizona and the United States of America.

When he was elected to his first term in 2008, Mr. Whiting was one of the youngest elected County Attorneys in State history. As the Apache County Attorney he represents the county in all legal matters, both criminal and civil. Mr. Whiting is well versed in criminal law prosecuting cases ranging from simple misdemeanors to homicides. He prosecuted the youngest known murder defendant in the history of the United States, and one of the youngest serial killers in Arizona history. Mr. Whiting is a member of the Arizona State Bar Association, is admitted to practice in all courts in the state of Arizona and before the United States District Court for the District of Arizona.

   

 

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