FLORENCE — Amanda Stanford, clerk of the Pinal County Superior Court, announced Wednesday evening that she is resigning effective late this month.

Stanford first took her oath of office as clerk in January of 2015.

Wednesday in an email she wrote, “I apologize for relaying this information this way, but due to social distancing, there isn’t much of an option. I wanted to let you know that I have tendered my resignation. My last day will be April 26.”

Stanford, a Republican, did not give any reason for her resignation at the time.

“Statutorily, Governor Ducey will be appointing a successor. Until that determination is made, he will appoint someone to serve on an interim basis. My hope is to not disrupt any office operations and that it will be a smooth transition,” she wrote.

She thanked all who have worked with her over the past 12 years.

Stanford told PinalCentral Friday that she will become the finance director for the Pinal County Attorney’s Office, a position that actually pays more than being the clerk of the Superior Court.

She said making the decision was difficult but she needed a greater income with three children. She said she is glad that she will remain working for Pinal County.

Before taking over the reins of the clerk’s office, Stanford had more than 13 years of experience in government and public sector finance.

She is a state-recognized certified trainer for other counties in Arizona in Minimum Accounting Standards. Stanford earned her Bachelor of Science of accounting from the University of Phoenix and is finishing a Master of Science of accounting this year. She is an alumna of the Dodie Londen Excellence in Public Service Series, an honor accorded to just eight women chosen annually from around the state.

She was a longtime resident of Florence and currently resides in San Tan Valley with her three children. She was reelected to a second term in 2018.

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Jim Headley is a reporter covering breaking news, crime and justice around Pinal County. He can be reached at jheadley@pinalcentral.com.

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