New presiding Mohave County judge named

KINGMAN - The Arizona Supreme Court has appointed the Honorable Charles W. Gurtler Jr. as the next presiding judge in Mohave County. He will replace Judge Richard Weiss, whose term will expire Jan. 31, 2012.

Chief Justice Rebecca Berch expressed her appreciation to Weiss for his service as presiding judge. "Being a presiding judge of the county is difficult," Berch said. "It takes a lot of additional time from your normal judicial duties."

Gurtler currently serves with Judge Weiss as the associate presiding judge and presiding judge of the Civil Division of the Superior Court in Mohave County. He was elected as judge of Division 1 in 2002.

After receiving his Juris Doctorate Degree from California Western School of Law, Gurtler worked as a private attorney for 16 years.

Gurtler was appointed as judge pro tempore of Mohave County Superior Court, Juvenile Division in May 1994. He then served as the presiding Juvenile Court judge from 2003 to 2004. He also chaired committees to re-write the Local Rules of Practice for the Superior Court in Mohave County in 2010 and 2011.