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PHOENIX⁠ — Gov. Doug Ducey has appointed Rebecca Padilla as Pinal County clerk of the Superior Court.

The appointment fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Amanda Stanford. Under Arizona law, such a vacancy is filled by gubernatorial appointment until the next general election in 2022.

Padilla is a lifetime resident of Pinal County and has worked her entire career at the Pinal County Superior Court. She was serving as the judicial administrative assistant to Presiding Judge Stephen McCarville. Among her responsibilities, she manages the case flow for McCarville’s division including calendars, trials and hearings.

Prior to her current position, Padilla worked for the Pinal County clerk of the Superior Court for over 20 years, most recently as a senior deputy clerk. In that role, her responsibilities included receipting court filing fees, maintaining and balancing a daily cash drawer, depositing monies to the county treasurer and posting various payments such as cash bonds and purge payments. Additionally, Padilla independently operated the Apache Junction Satellite Office for a time and provided reporting of all financial transactions collected. She also has experience working in the Customer Service Department, where she assisted thousands of court customers with navigating the court process. In 2004, Padilla received the Arizona Front Line Staff Worker of the Year award for her work as a deputy clerk.

She is trained and proficient in the Superior Court’s case management system in addition to other information systems. She also has a Green Belt Certification in Lean Six Sigma, a business strategy program for process improvement that trains individuals to analyze, identify and solve quality problems while implementing and sustaining high-impact projects.

“Rebecca’s experience and commitment to the court community will allow her to excel immediately in Pinal County,” Ducey said in a press release. “I am delighted to appoint Rebecca Padilla as the Pinal County clerk of the Superior Court.”

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