ORACLE — The justice of the peace for eastern Pinal County's Copper Corridor has resigned.

The Pinal County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday accepted the resignation of Nancy Discher of Precinct 5 and set out the process to appoint a replacement to see out her remaining term.

Discher, who had served the Copper Corridor Justice Court, representing Oracle, Mammoth, Superior, Kearny, Eaglecrest Ranch, Saddlebrooke Ranch and Saddlebrooke, retired from office effective Jan. 20.

Discher, who resides in Saddlebrooke, served over the past six years, implementing a redistricting plan that combined three JP courts into the one Copper Corridor Justice Court.

Justice of the Peace Shaun Babeu, from Precinct 1's Pioneer Justice Court in Apache Junction, paid tribute to Discher in a statement released by the county:

“Judge Discher has been a friend and colleague for the past six years serving as Justice of the Peace for the Copper Corridor Justice Court. Judge Discher is a dedicated public servant who cared about every individual that came into her courthouse and operated her court in an efficient and effective manner. We wish her well in her well-deserved retirement.”

Precinct 5 sits within Supervisor Districts 1 and 4. District 1 Supervisor Kevin Cavanaugh commented, "Pinal County has been blessed to have a person of such incredible talent and integrity as Nancy Discher serving as a Justice. I am sad to see her go and am committed to appointing a person in JP 5 who measures up to her high ideals."

The board will appoint a replacement to fill out Discher's term. Those interested in the position should submit a letter of interest by 5 p.m. on Feb. 26.

Discher was elected as a Republican, so the supervisors are only accepting applications from registered Republicans in accordance with state law.

To be eligible for appointment as justice of the peace, Arizona law specifies that each potential candidate meets the following criteria:

  • Must be a legal Arizona resident living within the Precinct 5, Copper Corridor Justice Court area
  • Must be registered to vote
  • Must be able to read and write the English language
  • Must be at least 18 years of age

There is no formal application to submit, and any combination of a letter of interest with résumé and other documents outlining the applicant’s qualifications for office should be emailed, mailed or submitted in person:

  • Natasha Kennedy, Clerk of the Board
  • Pinal County Board of Supervisors
  • Physical Address: 135 N. Pinal St., Florence, AZ 85132
  • Mailing Address: P.O. Box 827, Florence, AZ 85132

For more information, call 520-866-6219.

Candidates should indicate their address, party affiliation and contact information in their letter of interest.