FLORENCE — Pinal County is seeking a new Superior Court judge after announcing the retirement of presiding Superior Court Judge Stephen McCarville on Monday.

McCarville, 59, was diagnosed with high blood pressure after being pulled over by a Casa Grande Police officer in January when the officer thought the judge may have been intoxicated.

Blood tests later showed that McCarville was not intoxicated and a followup appointment with his doctor for an extremely high pulse rate uncovered the high blood pressure.

McCarville graduated from Creighton University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1983 and from the university’s School of Law with a Juris Doctorate degree in 1987. He was then admitted to practice law before all Arizona trial and appellate courts and was a partner at McCarville, Cooper & Vasquez in Casa Grande.

He served as the town attorney for Mammoth between 1990 and 2000. He was appointed a pro tempore Juvenile Court commissioner in May 2000 and then appointed as a Superior Court Judge pro tempore in July 2000.

He was elected to his first full term as a Superior Court judge in 2001.

He has served in a number of civic organizations including as a member of the board of directors and vice president of the Pinal-Gila County Legal Aid Board, the American Trial Lawyers Association, the board of directors of The Museum of Casa Grande, a member of the mayor’s ad-hoc committee on Downtown Development for Casa Grande in 1998, as president and a former member of the St. Anthony of Padua School Board, a founding member and president of the RTA Hospice Foundation, a past member of St. Anthony’s Parish Finance Committee and past president of the Casa Grande Main Street board.

He’s also served as a member and past president of the Pinal County Bar Association and a member of the Arizona Bar Association and American Bar Association.

People interested in applying for a position on the Pinal Superior Court must fill out an application with the Pinal County Commission on Trial Court Appointments. Applicants must be at least 30 years old, of good moral character, admitted to the practice of law in Arizona, a resident of Arizona for at least five years and a resident of Pinal County for at least a year.

An application can be downloaded from the Judicial Department website: www.azcourts.gov/jnc or from the Administrative Office of the Courts, Human Resources Department, 1501 W. Washington St., Suite 221, Phoenix or by calling 602-452-331. Applicants can also request one through email at jnc@courts.az.gov.

A signed original application with all attachments and a searchable PDF version of the application and attachments must be submitted to the Administration Office of the Courts, Human Resources Department by 3 p.m. on June 2.

The new judge will have an annual salary of $149,382.60.


Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa is a reporter covering the city of Casa Grande and the surrounding area, as well as Central Arizona College. She can be reached at sadams@pinalcentral.com.