Four candidates apply for Superior Court seat

Four Mohave County jurists are vying to replace Mohave County Superior Court Judge Gary Pope for the remainder of his term.

Charles W.

Gurtler Jr., Julie Sydney Roth, Jonny Ann Sutton and Charlotte Wells have submitted applications to the governor to fill the position of Superior Court judge after Pope steps down Jan.

31.

All applications were accepted before the Monday deadline.

Gov.

Jane Hull is expected to interview the four candidates in early February and should make a decision soon after the interviews, according to Tammy Russ, a Hull spokeswoman.

Once the new judge takes the bench, the state Supreme Court will then decide which Mohave County Superior Court judge would be the court's presiding judge, Russ said.

Currently, the other Superior Court judges are Steven Conn, Richard Weiss, James Chavez and Robert Moon.

Pope, 60, who presides mainly over civil cases in Division 1 of the courthouse, announced his resignation Dec.

3.

His term will expire at the end of 2002.

Pope, a judge for 25 years, also served in the Mohave County Attorney's Office.

Wells, 54, of Kingman has been the Kingman City Attorney since 1992.

Before that she was with the Mohave County Attorney's Office for three years as a civil deputy county attorney.

Wells was also one of three candidates who recently applied for a position on the Arizona Court of Appeals.

Wells attended law school at the University of Arizona and received a master's degree at Arizona State University.

Roth, 40, of Kingman, is also a pro tempore judge at the Superior Court working out of Bullhead City and Kingman since 1998 and was with the Mohave County Attorney's Office from 1997 to 1998.

She also worked in the state Attorney General's Office in Kingman for three years.

She attended the University of San Diego and went to law school in Kansas, Roth said.

Sutton, 53, of Lake Havasu City, is a part-time pro tem justice with the Lake Havasu City Justice Court.

She was also the assistant Lake Havasu City attorney from 1988 to 1999.

She also served as city prosecutor in Bullhead City, Russ said.

Gurtler, 40, of Bullhead City, is currently a pro tem judge at the Superior Court working out of Bullhead City and Kingman since 1995 and prior to that was an attorney in private practice.