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Posted on: September 11, 2019

[ARCHIVED] County Attorney Vacancy: Board Appoints Seven to Citizen Advisory Committee


The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approved members of a seven-person citizen committee that will screen applicants for the vacant county attorney position and make recommendations.  Committee members include community leaders, attorneys, and former judges.  They are:

  • Dr. Maria Chavira
  • Benjamin Taylor
  • Boyd Dunn
  • Carmen Heredia De la Torre
  • Judge Chris Skelly
  • Rae Chornenky
  • Paula Banahan

The Board officially accepted the resignation of Bill Montgomery on September 9 and defined the process for filling the vacancy, which included creating the committee. The remaining steps are as follows:

  • Applications for county attorney will be accepted through Wednesday, September 18 at 5 pm.
  • The citizen committee will review resumes, letters of recommendation, and questionnaires between September 18 and October 1. They may choose to interview some candidates.
  • The committee will submit a list of recommendations to the Board on October 1.
  • The Board will choose a new county attorney in the following days or weeks. This choice will be solely at the Board’s discretion and may or may not be one of the recommended candidates.

The applicant must be a Maricopa County resident over the age of 18; a licensed attorney; and, like Montgomery, a registered Republican. Those interested in applying may download and complete the required questionnaire, which is also available on this website.

Applicants should send the completed questionnaire, a letter of interest, a resume, and any letters of recommendation to the Office of the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, 301 W. Jefferson, 10th Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85003 or email it to All documents filed with the Clerk’s Office will become public records. Applicants are subject to a background check. As stated, applications will only be accepted through Wednesday, September 18 at 5 pm.

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