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3/2/2013 9:55:00 PM
Public may comment on 3 judge candidates
Scott Orr
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT- The Yavapai County Superior Court is accepting public comment on three finalists for the position of judge pro tempore.

The vacancy was created when Ethan Wolfinger resigned in December.

The three candidates are Joseph C. Butner III of Camp Verde, Glenn A. Savona of Prescott Valley, and Paul C. Schlegel of Cottonwood.

Butner is currently working on an hourly basis as a judge pro tem for the county. Prior to that he was chief judge for the Yavapai-Apache Nation Tribal Court. Butner has been a prosecutor in the Yavapai County Attorney's Office, and worked as an attorney in his own practice and for law firms from 1981 to 1999.

Savona is assistant Prescott city attorney; he has worked for the city since 1990 and has also served as the city prosecutor. Before he started work in Prescott, he worked as an attorney at a Tucson law firm.

Schlegel has worked in private practice since 2001 and currently runs his own firm.

Presiding Judge David L. Mackey will consider any comments he receives when he decides which candidate's name he will send to the chief justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, Rolf Eckel, county court administrator, said. The county Board of Supervisors must also approve the selection.

Comments can be emailed to or mailed to Superior Court, Attn: Rolf Eckel, 120 S. Cortez #410, Prescott, AZ 86303.

All comments must include a name, as Mackey will not consider anonymous comments, and your email or phone number will allow the staff to contact you if they have questions.

The deadline for comments is March 15. Mackey is expected to have a decision by the end of March.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Article comment by: Professional Opinion

Glenn Savona has shown integrity, fairness and professionalism as a City Prosecutor. His opponents treat him with respect as does he in return. Mr. Savona is by NO means a good old boy! Resolving issues between attorneys and defendants is his goal - he looks for the truth. And he demands professionlism from all involved including the Court.

Posted: Sunday, March 03, 2013
Article comment by: Sir Walter Scott

Just 'cause Glenn Savona has been a City Prosecuter doesn't mean he can't be a fair Judge. He appears to be the best candidate. I have found one of the other candidates to be very opinionated and difficult to work with.

Posted: Sunday, March 03, 2013
Article comment by: Carl Imparel

"Concerned Citizen" has it all wrong Glenn is a good guy that has spent his life in Markham's Justice Court Land. Joe Butner has done everything from Justice Court to murder trials and served as a Superior Court Judge. Jumpin' Joe is the man for the job...

Posted: Sunday, March 03, 2013
Article comment by: @ CONCERNED CITIZEN

Mr Savona would be the best candidate. I hope you were joking he is the ring leader of the good ol boys wont suprise me if he is involed with the Iorn brotherhood.

Posted: Sunday, March 03, 2013
Article comment by: Prescott Citizen

Glenn Savona is by far the most qualified of the
candidates. He has served with integrity and
distinction over a period of years. His credentials are stronger than those of judges
presently serving on the Superior Court.

Definitely not a part of the backscratching, good ole boy circle that is so entrenched here.

Posted: Sunday, March 03, 2013
Article comment by: CONCERNED CITIZEN

Having been in the court system with family members and have witnessed some of these gentlmen doing thier jobs.I don't think any prosecutor should ever be a judge they have a mind set of conviction and to push the limits of the law. Unless he practiced as defense attorney.This makes him well rounded and fair Too many buddies in Yavapai County Proscutors office.The defendant does not have a chance .The only one in this group is Mr Savona would be the best candidate. Even though he works with the City he would be the most fairest of them all.he does have the Gotcha attitude.

Posted: Sunday, March 03, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Steele

It would appear none of the three are well qualified. But then what do the good ole boys in the legal community want? Why not let the public ask questions in open debate as candidates for other public office have to do? I have seen enough of this legal community and it's willingness to circle the wagons to protect their craft from criticism. And this affects good law that defendants need. Open up the process.

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