14 apply for pro-tem judgeship; interviews start Monday

PRESCOTT – All 14 people that applied for the Yavapai County Superior Court judge pro-tem opening, will have an interview on Monday.

The list of applicants includes: Mark Ainley of Prescott, Michael Bluff of Clarkdale, Joseph Butner of Camp Verde, Steven Dagilis of Prescott, Warren Darrow of Prescott, Ralph Hess of Prescott, George King of Chandler, Robert Launders of Prescott Valley, Roger Margolis of Scottsdale, Kenneth Ray of Prescott, Scott Risley of Prescott, Craig Williams of Parker, Dave Stoller of Prescott and Kathleen Williamson of Tucson.

The Yavapai County Superior Court judges are selecting a new pro-tem judge because Gov. Janet Napolitano recently appointed Pro-tem Judge Howard Hinson Jr. to replace Judge Raymond Weaver, who is retiring on Feb. 1.

In addition, the judges are selecting a new chief adult probation officer because previous Chief Probation Officer Bill Fitzgerald took a similar position in Bexar County in Texas.

Deborah Schaefer, Yavapai County court administrator, said previously that 39 people applied for Fitzgerald's job, which the county advertised nationwide.

She said the judges first will appoint a new pro-tem judge. It is not clear when the Probation Department will have a new chief.