Buckeye appoints new presiding judge

The Buckeye City Council appointed Maria Brewer as the city’s new presiding judge for the Buckeye Municipal Court at a special council meeting Jan. 7, city officials said.

“I’m very excited,” Brewer said. “I think I can really help the city grow in the direction that it wants to grow in, and I’m looking forward to it.”

Mayor Jackie Meck called Brewer a “people’s judge.”

“During the interview process, Judge Brewer showed us her passion for the justice system, as well as her compassion for the people she serves,” Meck said. “We feel very lucky to have her represent the city of Buckeye.”

The city began seeking a replacement after the current interim presiding judge, Michael Lester, notified the City Council of his decision to vacate the position.

Brewer will begin her appointment Feb. 10, she said.

The position is a two-year term and has an anticipated annual salary of about $125,000.

As presiding judge, she will hear cases involving all criminal misdemeanors and traffic violations occurring within the city’s limits and grant orders of protection, she said.

Before accepting the position, Brewer was the civil hearing officer and pro-tem judge for the city of Chandler for the past six years, she said.

She earned a juris doctorate from the University of Arizona in 1992, and she is a member of the State Bar of Arizona and the United StatesFederal DistrictCourtBar.


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