Difference in ‘philosophy' cited in judge's resignation
Former Yuma County Superior Court Judge Jim Clark said he resigned from his recently elected post over “a difference in judicial philosophy” with the court's presiding judge.
“I looked forward to serving the people of Yuma County as Superior Court Judge. I felt, strongly, my experience and skills would improve the civil justice system,” Clark said in a statement Tuesday, a day after his resignation became effective. “A difference in judicial philosophy between the Presiding Judge and me made it impossible for me to serve the people of Yuma County in the manner they deserve. As a consequence, I resigned.”
The presiding judge, John Nelson, is on vacation this week, according to a voice mail greeting for his office.
Clark, who took office in January, submitted his resignation to Nelson on Friday. Yuma County announced Clark's resignation on Monday, the same day it was made effective. The county only said Clark was stepping down for personal reasons.
Clark narrowly defeated incumbent David Haws for the Division 4 seat in November's election. The county retained Haws on the bench through June as a judge pro tempore.
Clark practiced law in Yuma County for nearly all of his 38-year career, with experience as a Yuma County prosecutor and a civil trial attorney. He was in private practice before taking office.
Superior Court judge seats are officially non-partisan, but Clark is affiliated with the Democratic Party. Haws is a Republican.
Gov. Jan Brewer will appoint a replacement. The governor's office should begin accepting applications within the next couple of weeks.