KINGMAN — Mohave County Sup. Steve Moss has been named to the bench of the Superior Court.
Gov. Doug Ducey appointed Moss, of Fort Mohave, to replace former Superior Court Judge Steve Conn. Conn retired under the state’s mandatory judicial retirement law June 30. The new judge’s term on the bench will expire December 2018.
“Steven’s substantial legal experience in civil and family law matters and his commitment to the citizens of Mohave County as a Mohave County supervisor are impressive,” Ducey said.
Moss said he would not endorse a successor to the board of supervisors for District 5 but added that there were many excellent candidates. The remaining four county supervisors and the clerk of the board will fill Moss’ vacancy in District 5, which he has served since 2013.
“Governor Ducey’s trust in me with this appointment is humbling,” Moss said Tuesday. “I will do my best to live up to that trust. My focus is now to be the best judge I can be for the citizens of Mohave County.”
Moss had been an attorney with Kelly & Moss in Bullhead City and has practiced law for 20 years, mainly in civil litigation and family law. He also served on the Colorado River Union High School board from 2003 to 2010.
Moss graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1992 with a bachelor of arts degree in economics and political science and earned a law degree from Western Michigan University.
Moss will be assigned to Lake Havasu City and handle domestic relations, juvenile delinquency and dependency cases, adult and juvenile drug court and probate and guardianship. Moss is expected to start Monday.
Superior Court Judge Rick Lambert has already been assigned to handle Conn’s felony criminal cases.
Moss, Superior Court Commissioner Billy Sipe Jr. of Kingman and Lake Havasu City Justice Court Judge Jill Wachtel Davis were recently interviewed twice by a panel from the Arizona Governor’s Office.