PHOENIX - Anna Mary Glaab, the Justice of the Peace for Bagdad and Yarnell, has been named Judge of the Year by the Arizona Supreme Court.
Glaab's two courts handle about 3,200 cases a year.
They're separated by more than 60 miles and her jurisdiction covers 2,600 square miles of Yavapai County.
"She inspires trust and confidence in the Arizona court system and demonstrates leadership in her courtrooms," Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Scott Bales said. "Judge Glaab generously shares her more than 30 years of experience through our judicial education programs and new judge orientation. She has served on several important committees that work to improve court service, quality and efficiency for the benefit of the public."
"It was a tremendous surprise to me," Glaab said "I was floored over it."
A Prescott native, Glaab is a third-generation Arizonan and was raised on a cattle ranch. She began working as a clerk in the court in the early 1980s and was appointed to Justice of the Peace in 1992.
During the Yarnell Hill fire last year, with the support of Yavapai County Superior Court Presiding Judge David Mackey, Glaab continued to operate her court, even though her three staff members were evacuated. Two of her staff members lost their homes in the fire.
She said she was pleased that the award would be given to a Justice of the Peace in a small town rather than a high-profile judge in Phoenix or Tucson.
"As I understand it, I am the first Justice of the Peace to get the award," she said, as well as the first judge who is not also an attorney.
Glaab is a mentor and trainer in the new judge orientation program.
"I've been completely blessed to have a job like this," she said.
She's currently a member of the Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct. She previously served as the Presiding Justice of the Peace for Yavapai County and as the Secretary and Treasurer for the Arizona Justice of the Peace Association.
Glaab is up for re-election this year, running unopposed.