Ducey picks prosecutor for Maricopa County judicial opening

January 11, 2020 GMT

PHOENIX (AP) — A federal prosecutor will become the newest Maricopa County Superior Court judge.

Gov. Doug Ducey’s office on Friday announced his appointment of Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Brooks to fill a vacancy created by Ducey’s appointment of Judge David Gass to the Arizona Court of Appeals.

Brooks was among 12 nominees submitted by the Maricopa County Commission on Trial Court Appointments.

Brooks, like Ducey, is a Republican.

Brooks has been with the U.S. Attorney’s Office since 2014 and currently prosecutes crimes, including violent offenses and major offenses occurring on Native American reservations. In addition, Brooks serves as a human trafficking coordinator for the office.

Brooks previously for the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, representing the state Department of Child Safety in dependency litigation matters, and for a Phoenix law firm, focusing on commercial transactions.