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Allister Adel named first female Maricopa County Attorney

By: - October 3, 2019 3:12 pm

Allister Adel

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors picked Allister Adel to replace Bill Montgomery, making her Maricopa County’s first female county attorney. 

During a special meeting on Thursday, after two days of closed-door meetings, the board announced its decision to appoint Adel. She has been an adviser to non-profits, a member of the Arizona State Bar Ethics Advisory Group, the City of Phoenix Judicial Selection Advisory Board and has served as the Executive Director for the Maricopa County Bar Association. 

Adel was one of five who were on a list forwarded to the board of supervisors by a citizen panel created to help select the new county attorney. The board of supervisors deliberated in executive session for several hours Wednesday and again Thursday morning before announcing its decision. 

The five supervisors voted unanimously to appoint Adel to the post. She immediately replaces Rachel Mitchell, who had been the acting Maricopa County attorney. Mitchell, who was also a finalist for the appointment, will go back to her previous position of being second-in-command to the county attorney. 

“We as a county are making history today with this selection,” Supervisor Steve Churi said before the vote. 

Immediately after the vote, Adel was sworn in as the new county attorney and made some remarks to the board and those in attendance. 

“I am honored to be your next county attorney, your first woman county attorney and like I told you in the interviews I am going to work hard and I’m not going to let you down,” she said. “While I am full of gratitude, it is time to get to work.” 

Adel will serve in the position until Jan. 2021, unless she is elected county attorney in 2020 .

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Jerod MacDonald-Evoy
Jerod MacDonald-Evoy

Reporter Jerod MacDonald-Evoy joined the Arizona Mirror from the Arizona Republic, where he spent 4 years covering everything from dark money in politics to Catholic priest sexual abuse scandals. He brings strong watchdog sensibilities and creative storytelling skills to the Arizona Mirror.