Jason Kalish has served as a Deputy Maricopa County Attorney since earning his J.D. from the University of Arizona in 1997. During his tenure, Kalish has prosecuted numerous cases involving gangs, repeat offenders, family violence and homicides. He also served as Chief of MCAOâ€™s Charging, Prelim and Juvenile Bureaus.
Among his many notable cases is State v. William Craig Miller, in which the defendant was sentenced to death for killing a family of five in Mesa. Kalish also secured the conviction of Joseluis Marquez for killing an ASU student while stealing her purse. His most recent case was the second retrial of Johnathan Doody, who was found guilty for fatally shooting nine people in a Phoenix Buddhist temple in 1991, the worst mass murder in Arizona history.
As Training Bureau Chief for the MCAO, Kalish currently serves as a highly respected mentor and instructor. â€śI believe that being a prosecutor is one of the noblest professions anyone can aspire to,â€ť says Kalish. â€śI look forward to helping train and motivate others in this field.â€ť
Elizabeth A. Sugges
Liz Sugges is a 15-year veteran of the City of Phoenix Prosecutor's Office. She began her prosecutorial career during law school as a law clerk at the Pima County Attorney's Office.
Liz enjoys spending her time in the Cactus Park Precinct as a Community Prosecutor. She started a Girl Scout troop and has been active in addressing truancy in the Washington Elementary School District.
Outside of the office, Liz has a passion for travel. She has zip-lined in Costa Rica, wine tasted in Napa, and toured many European capitals. She is also a world-class shopper. Liz volunteers with the Junior League of Phoenix and the Arizona Humane Society's Compassion for Fashion Committee.
Tina C. Solomon
Tina Solomon joined the City of Phoenix Prosecutor's Office in 1999 and is a Team Captain in the Trial Bureau. She specializes in domestic violence prosecution, and she also mentors new attorneys when they complete their initial training.
Tina has tried over 100 misdemeanor jury trials and many more non-jury trials. As a domestic violence specialist, she routinely handles the most difficult and sensitive cases.
Outside the Office, Tina enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.
Kent C. Kearney
Kent Kearney has been with the Phoenix Prosecutor's Office since 1987, and he is currently a senior appellate attorney.
He supervises the Office's Writing Extern program (as he tries to overcome bad writing habits learned in law school). Kent frequently teaches victim advocates and mental health professionals about mental health issues.
Kent, as a proud University of Arizona graduate, is looking forward to the Men's College Basketball season, and is unduly concerned about the U of A/ASU game at Sun Devil Stadium.
Kevin E. Krietenstein
Kevin Krietenstein joined the Phoenix City Prosecutor's Office in August, 1990. He is the Charging Bureau's Team Captain. His Charging knowledge and experience are invaluable resources for the prosecutors he supervises and trains. He is the Office's Go-To Prosecutor on charging questions.
An Arizona native, Kevin is an avid hiker, bicyclist, and softball player. Kevin has hiked the Grand Canyon, Havasupai Canyon, and the Superstitions. He regularly hikes the area around his Greer retreat.
Hiking keeps Kevin in shape for regular weekend bike trips (usually 36 miles or more!) with his family and for his participation - at second base or in the outfield - in his church softball league.
Gordon Bennett joined the Pima County Attorney's Office in 2010 and is assigned to the Narcotics Unit, where he prosecutes drug crimes and has tried 20 felony trials since joining the Office.
Originally from Vancouver, Washington, Gordon served 25 years in the U.S. Air Force and was a Navigator for multiple aircraft, including Air Force Two.
Gordon spends his free time cycling, golfing, and is Vice President of the Southern Arizona Greyhound Association, which rescues injured and abandoned greyhounds.
Nicolette Kneup works in the Appellate Unit. Since joining the Pima County Attorney's Office in 2009, she has tried 24 felony trials and her appellate work has resulted in several published opinions.
Prior to law school, the native Tucsonan taught English in Germany, where her students authored children's books that were featured at an education administration conference in Berlin in 2005.
Outside the Office, Nicolette raises chickens and is a roller derby veteran – she played on a traveling team, was team captain, and is now a referee.
William Pascoe came to the Pima County Attorney's Office in 2003, after a career on the Alaska Pipeline and as a Legislative Aide in the Alaska legislature.
He prosecutes burglaries and theft-related charges in the Property Crimes Unit and has tried 75 felony trials since joining the Office.
When not seeking justice, William seeks harmony as a tenor with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus and the Arizona Repertory Singers.