***UPDATED*** Governor selects Supervisor Steven Moss for Superior Court
KINGMAN – Mohave County Supervisor Steve Moss has been appointed by Gov. Doug Ducey to replace retired Judge Steven Conn on the Mohave County Superior Court, the governor’s office announced Tuesday.
Moss, from Mohave Valley, is an attorney with Kelly and Moss, and has practiced law in Arizona for 20 years, primarily in the areas of civil litigation and family law. He was elected to represent District 5 on the Board of Supervisors in 2013.
Moss said he has to sign paperwork and is still working out details for taking the bench. He plans to step down as county supervisor within the next day or two. The Board of Supervisors will appoint his replacement, with the board clerk voting to break any tie, but it probably won’t happen before the Aug. 7 hearing on the final budget.
At the July 6 judicial panel interview in Kingman, Moss stressed his community involvement, which includes serving on the Colorado River Union High School District governing board, pro bono work for organizations such as Community
Legal and Wills for Heroes, and volunteering as president of American Youth Soccer Organization in Bullhead City.
Moss said he believes the governor looked at everything, including his resume and community service.
“I think community service played a huge role,” he told the Daily Miner. “Also, my diversity of background and experience, and I had military experience.”
Mohave County Judge Pro Tem Billy Sipe and Lake Havasu Justice of the Peace Jill Wachtel-Davis also applied for the vacancy. All three went to Phoenix July 12 for a second interview by the panel.
“I think it was awfully close because Jill Davis and Billy Sipe were really good candidates, and that’s why it took some time for the decision,” Moss said. “They put a lot of trust in me as a new judge, and now I’ve got to spend my time in office proving it. I’ve got to earn it.”
Moss said he’ll be sitting on the Superior Court bench in Lake Havasu City, doing more civil and family law than criminal. Superior Court Judge Derek Carlisle or Court Commissioner Doug Camacho will likely take over criminal cases in Kingman.
A graduate of Eastern Michigan University in 1992, Moss went on to receive his law degree from Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review.
“Steven’s substantial legal experience in civil and family law matters and his commitment to the citizens of Mohave County as a Mohave County Supervisor are impressive,” Gov. Ducey said in prepared statement. “He has shown great intellect, integrity, and work ethic throughout his career, which has earned him the respect of his community.”
Conn, who served more than 30 years as Mohave County Superior Court Judge and presided over many of the county’s high-profile criminal cases, was forced to retire prior to turning 70 on July 2.