Civil case of fired KPD officer exits county

A civil appeal by a former Kingman police officer trying to win back his job will now be heard by a Superior Court judge from another county.

Julie Sydney Roth, Mohave County Superior Court judge pro-tempore, excused herself Thursday from a termination appeal filed by Bullhead City attorney Rick Williams, who represents former Kingman police Cpl.

Brady Yard.

Roth cited her recent application to be appointed a permanent Superior Court judge as a possible conflict in the case.

Roth was one of four applicants, including Charlotte Wells and Charles W.

Gurtler Jr., for the vacancy in Superior Court Division I when Gary Pope retired.

Arizona Gov.

Jane Hull picked Wells on Feb.

13.

Wells, as Kingman city attorney, represented the city in the Brady Yard case.

Williams is a partner in Gurtler's Bullhead City law firm.

Roth will submit an order to assign the case to Superior Courts in either Coconino or Yavapai counties, Williams said.

On Nov.

22, Kingman City Manager Roger Swenson upheld the city personnel board's decision to dismiss Yard.

The board Nov.

5 voted 3-2 to support Kingman police Chief Larry Butler's decision to fire Yard.

Yard, a KPD officer for six years, and Mike Quick, a three-year veteran, were fired because of a June 9 party at Yard's house where a minor had consumed alcohol.

The minor was Jenell Williams, Quick's 20-year-old girlfriend.

The party included 40 to 50 law enforcement officers from KPD, the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the county probation department.

Yard pleaded guilty in Lake Havasu City Municipal Court to a misdemeanor charge of providing alcohol to a minor.