Maricopa County is taking applications for Montgomery’s old job

FILE - This April 27, 2016 file photo shows Maricopa County, Ariz., District Attorney Bill Montgomery at a news conference in Phoenix. Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019 appointed Montgomery to the Arizona Supreme Court. Montgomery, who is a Republican, replaces Democrat Scott Bales, who retired on Aug. 1. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Think you have what it takes to be Maricopa County’s next lead attorney?

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is now accepting applications for County Attorney.

The Board officially accepted the resignation of Bill Montgomery on Monday and set forth a process for filling the vacancy.

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State law assigns the Board of Supervisors responsibility for appointing a new county attorney in the case of a vacancy. The process for making that appointment is not defined by state law but was agreed upon Monday by a unanimous vote of the Board.

The process is as follows:

  • Applications will be accepted through 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18.
  • The Board will appoint a seven-person citizen committee to screen applicants.
  • The citizen committee will review resumes, letters of recommendation, and questionnaires between Sept. 18 and Oct. 1. They may choose to interview some candidates.
  • The committee will submit a list of recommendations to the Board on Oct. 1.
  • The Board will choose a new county attorney in the following days or weeks. The choice will be solely at the Board’s discretion and may or may not be one of the recommended candidates.

The applicant must be a Maricopa County resident over the age of 18; a licensed attorney; and, like Mr. Montgomery, a registered Republican.

Those interested in applying may download and complete the required questionnaire.

Applicants should send the completed questionnaire, a letter of interest, a resume, and any letters of recommendation to the Office of the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, 301 W. Jefferson, 10th Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85003 or email it to

All documents filed with the Clerk’s Office will become public records. Applicants are subject to a background check. As stated, applications will only be accepted through 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18.

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