Mohave County Supervisor Steve Moss, an attorney, has long been interested in ascending the bench someday. And Moss said he is strongly considering in applying when one or two local judicial posts are vacated in coming months.
Superior Court Judge Rick Williams is a finalist for possible appointment to the Division One Arizona Court of Appeals and a mandatory age 70 retirement law will force Judge Steve Conn from the bench at the end of June. Moss said he would resign from the board of supervisors to become a judge under the right circumstances.
“I’m considering it. I’m very much interested in it,” Moss said. “My biggest question is whether it’s legal.”
Moss said he is seeking a legal opinion regarding whether he would be impacted by Arizona’s “resign to run” law. That law generally requires elected officials to resign their position if making application for another elected position with more than a year left in their term of office.
Moss agreed that the law generally aims at public officials leaving one post to run for another. Yet he said he wants to make certain that it doesn’t apply in instances such as his, wherein he would be applying for appointment rather than seeking election to another position.
“I’m a britches and suspenders kind of guy. I want to make sure,” Moss said. He said he expects legal opinions regarding his question early this month.
Were Moss to ascend the bench by appointment, his supervisors seat would be vacated and filled by another application process.