Recently elected Yuma County Superior Court Judge Jim Clark has resigned suddenly, citing personal reasons.
Yuma County announced Clark's resignation on Monday, the same day it was made effective. Clark, who took office in January, submitted his resignation to Presiding Judge John Nelson on Friday.
Clark narrowly defeated incumbent David Haws for the Division 4 seat in November's election. The county retained Haws on the bench when it confirmed his appointment – by Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Rebecca Berch, at the request of Nelson – as a judge pro tempore through June.
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.
The county did not elaborate on Clark's reasons for stepping down, only saying they were personal.
Gov. Jan Brewer will appoint a replacement. The governor's office should begin accepting applications within the next couple of weeks.