- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Supreme Court has appointed a new judge to preside over Gila County.

The state’s highest court announced Thursday that Judge Timothy M. Wright will begin a three-year term as that county’s presiding judge next week.

Wright fills a position left vacant after Presiding Judge Peter Cahill retired.

Wright was appointed to the Gila County Superior Court bench in January. He has served as deputy county attorney in Gila County, assistant city prosecutor in Peoria and Payson town attorney.

Presiding judges in Arizona serve as the chief executive officer of the courts in their county. Additional duties include financial management, overseeing case assignments and setting the court calendar.

His term takes effect July 1.

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