Prescott AZ (July 13, 2012) – Yavapai County Superior Court Administrator, Deborah M. Schaefer, has been selected as the Tempe Municipal Court Administrator, effective August 13, 2012.
The Honorable Raymond W. Weaver, Jr., former Presiding Judge of the Yavapai County Superior Court hired Ms. Schaefer as the first Superior Court Administrator in Yavapai County in January 1996. She has served under the leadership of three Presiding Judges, including the Honorable Robert M. Brutinel who was appointed by Governor Jan Brewer to the Arizona Supreme Court in January 2011, and current Presiding Judge, the Honorable David L. Mackey.
“I look forward to this new opportunity,” Schaefer acknowledged. ”I will always be grateful to Judge Weaver for entrusting me to establish Court Administration, Justice Brutinel for professional growth and development, and Judge Mackey for the opportunity to see this Court through tremendous changes. It has been my privilege to be a part of so many outstanding efforts to serve the public, such as Alternative Dispute Resolution, Drug Courts, assistance for self-represented litigants, and Early Disposition Court. The Board of Supervisors and County Administrator Julie Ayers, and Jim Holst before her, have been incredibly supportive over the years. Collaborative efforts to build the Verde courthouse and Juvenile Justice Center will serve the public for many years to come.”
Anticipating the future, she added, ”I will miss working in the historic Yavapai County Courthouse and serving this community. Being a Board member for West Yavapai Guidance Clinic and working with incredibly dedicated individuals to provide much-needed behavioral health services has been deeply satisfying. I will miss many wonderful people I’ve had the pleasure of working with – Judges, criminal justice system partners, colleagues throughout the County, and especially my staff who are incredibly dedicated public servants.
Tempe Municipal Court has a reputation for being progressive and is participating in community outreach and problem-solving programs, such as Mental Health Court and the Regional Homeless Court, that are exciting to me. As I look forward to my new responsibilities, I will think fondly of Yavapai County and visit often.”