Lisa R. Royal new Justice of the Peace for Green Valley areaby Pima County News on Jan. 15, 2013, under Board of Supervisors, Pima County, Public safety, Southern Arizona, Tucson
The position serves Sahuarita, GreenValley and surrounding communities.
Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll, who represents the area, said although there were many well-qualified applicants for the position, Royal’s extensive experience in the courts system made her the best choice for the job.
Royal, who holds a master’s degree in public administration from University of California, Los Angeles, has 30 years experience in court administration. Since 2005, she has served as Court Administrator for the Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts, managing and directing the preparation and administration of a $6 million court budget. Royal also was actively involved in the development and implementation of various specialty courts, including drug court, mental health court, domestic violence court and homeless court.
Her appointment received unanimous consent.
Pima County Supervisor Sharon Bronson applauded Royal for her administration in Justice Court, saying she brought transparency and efficiency to the office. Pima County Supervisor Richard Elías agreed, noting, “She has always been very forthright with the Board and with her employees and that will serve us well on the bench.”
Royal told the Board she values safeguarding the integrity of the judicial system.
“I am delighted, humbled and honored,” she said, following the vote. “I accept this privilege and look forward to serving the community of GreenValley.”
Royal filled the seat vacated by Justice of the Peace Gail Wight, who retired with two years remaining in her third term. Royal will serve the remainder of the term through 2014.