By: JUDGE GERALD A. WILLIAMS
NORTH VALLEY JUSTICE OF THE PEACE –
Every four years, voters elect one Justice of the Peace and one Constable for each justice court precinct. The North Valley Justice Court precinct includes parts of Glendale, Phoenix, areas near the Interstate 17, Anthem and Desert Hills. This election cycle, I am fortunate to be running unopposed.
But there are two candidates in the Republican Primary for the office of North Valley Constable. They are Constable Brent McCleve, and his challenger, Mike Rowe. No Democrat filed to run, so the Republican Primary winner will determine who serves in this office for the next four years.
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors appointed Brent McCleve to serve as Constable in 2015. He was elected in 2016. Even though constables are elected for four-year-terms, Constable McCleve has to run again now because he started in the middle of another constable’s term.
Before taking office, Constable McCleve served for a total of 25 years in the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. His campaign web page is www.BrentMcCleveConstable.com
Mike Rowe has served with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office North Valley Posse for the last 13 years, most recently serving as the Commander. His campaign web page is www.MikeRoweforConstable.com
Constables often have the unfortunate task of dealing with people at some of the worst moments in their lives. They serve writs of restitution in residential eviction cases. This means that after a judge has issued a court order stating that the tenant is no longer allowed to have possession of their apartment, the constable is the person who must knock on the door and tell anyone there that it is time to leave.
They further enforce the law by serving Orders of Protection on behalf of domestic violence victims. Orders of Protection are served on a defendant at no cost to the victim.
If you don’t know which candidate to vote for, then do some research and make a choice. The deadline to be registered to vote is July 30, 2018. The Maricopa County Elections Department will send out early vote by mail ballots on August 1, 2018.
Judge Gerald Williams is the Justice of the Peace for the North Valley Justice Court. His column appears monthly in The Foothills Focus.