Padilla appointed interim Pinal County Clerk of Superior Court

Pinal County Superior Court
Pinal County Superior Court in Florence. Source: Google StreetView

Rebecca Padilla, a longtime employee of Pinal County Superior Court, has been tapped as its chief administrator.

A lifetime county resident, Padilla was appointed Wednesday as interim Pinal County Clerk of Superior Court by Gov. Doug Ducey.

A member of the court’s administration team since 2018, she serves as the judicial administrative assistant to Presiding Judge Stephen McCarville. Her responsibilities include managing case flow for McCarville’s division and related calendars, trials and hearings.

Padilla will lead an office charged with maintaining the accuracy and integrity of judicial records for Superior Court. The position pays $63,800.

She replaces Amanda Stanford, a Republican elected in 2014, who resigned April 26.

Padilla will serve until a new clerk can be elected during the next regular general election in 2022.

Previously, Padilla worked for Superior Court for more than two decades, most recently as a senior deputy clerk, with duties that included receipting court filing fees, maintaining and balancing a daily cash drawer, depositing monies to the County Treasurer and posting various payments such as cash bonds and purge payments.

“Rebecca’s experience and commitment to the court community will allow her to excel immediately in Pinal County,” Ducey said in a news release announcing the appointment.

She also independently operated the Apache Junction Satellite Office for a time and provided accurate reporting of all financial transactions collected. She also worked with the Customer Service Department, helping thousands of customers navigate the court process. In 2004, Padilla received the Arizona Front Line Staff Worker of the Year for her work as a deputy clerk.

Padilla’s training and experience include filing, processing and proper management of cases in the family law, civil, criminal and juvenile divisions, according to the governor’s office. She is proficient in the court’s case management system, AJACS, and other information systems. She has a Green Belt Certification in Lean Six Sigma, a business strategy program for process improvement that trains individuals to analyze, identify, and solve quality problems while implementing and sustaining high-impact projects.

The search for an interim appointee kicked off in May and was extended through the summer.