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The Sherry Geisler Award 2017

Justice of the Peace of the year 

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Each year a Justice of the Peace is recognized for his or her outstanding service to the Judiciary.
In 2013 the Award name was changed to the Sherry Geisler Award in honor of the late Honorable Sherry Geisler of Round Valley Justice Court.

Judge Geisler began her career as a clerk in 1982 she served  as a pro-tem and began her judicial career in 1993.  When the association split from the partnership with the constables the Az Justice of the Peace Association was born Judge Geisler was the first association president in 1996. Judge Geisler served on numerous committees for the Arizona Supreme Court including the Judicial ethics commission she served as a mentor judge for many years;  she was a true example of the qualities expected for the Justice of the Peace of the year award.

Honorable Sherry Geisler

Justice of the Peace of the year 2017
Honorable Dorothy Little presents the award to Honorable Barbara Brown

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 officer.

               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 Judicial Conference.

               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.


Dorothy A. Little, Association President


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