Finalists for new judge position named

KINGMAN - Five law professionals have been named as finalists to preside over the newly created Mohave Superior Court Seventh Division.

Gov. Jan Brewer's office is seeking public input on the applicants: Derek Carlisle, Jill Davis, Richard Lambert, Kenneth Moyer and Steven Wilson,

Carlisle currently serves as a pro tem superior court judge, while Davis and Lambert work as justices of the peace. Moyer is a private attorney in Lake Havasu City. Wilson worked as a deputy county attorney for Mohave County until August 2011.

The public has until 5 p.m. Dec. 28 to submit comments to Brewer via her general counsel, Joe Sciarrotta, at jsciarrotta@az.gov.

Anonymous comments will not be considered, according to the governor's office.

The Mohave County Board of Supervisors in June voted 2-1 to petition the governor to approve a seventh superior court division and an additional judge to serve that division.

A National Center for State Courts study of the judicial workload in Mohave County was presented to the Board of Supervisors over the summer and concluded that the county needs 10 judicial officers in order to handle the increase in caseloads over the last decade. It currently has eight, including six superior court judges and two pro-tem commissioners.

The Arizona Constitution provides one superior court judge for every 30,000 residents. Mohave County has a population of more than 200,186, according to the last Census.

Yavapai has a population of 211,000 and has 10 judicial positions. Yuma County has a population of 195,000 and has nine positions.