This year's recipient of the Sherri Geisler Award for outstanding
Justice of the Peace is someone who has worked tirelessly in our state's court system for nearly three decades. She began
this professional journey in 1989 in Navajo County at the North Canyon Justice Court and the Colorado City Magistrate Court,
progressing from staff member and court clerk to Special Master, pro tem appointments, and full-time status as a judicial
She was appointed City Magistrate for Colorado City in 2004, and Justice of the Peace by the Mohave County Board of Supervisors
in 2011. She continues to serve in both positions.
In 2010, she played a central role in the development, building, and opening of a new court facility in Mohave County. She
has served as a mentor judge at New Judges Orientation, lecturing or co-lecturing in various arenas on topics ranging from
evictions and CDL "masking," to small claims, DUIs and other traffic issues. She has taught at our own JP conference,
and the Arizona Magistrates Association Conference, and will provide instruction on Judicial Demeanor at the 2018 National
This year's winner serves on the state's Constable Ethics and Standards Board, the state Supreme Court Committee on Judicial
Education and Training, the Mohave County Education Committee, and our Association's board.
Her experiences mirror closely those of the woman in whose name this award is given. Both "grew up," as she puts
it, in their respective courts, from being court clerks to serving as non-attorney judges. Judge Geisler was not only her
mentor judge when our recipient attended New Judge Orientation in 2004, but she was our award-winner's model and friend.