City Council Meeting - FINAL

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Meeting Date: 09/01/2020  
From: Jessica Cortes, Court Administrator

Consideration of Appointment:  Magistrate for the Flagstaff Municipal Court.
Approve the appointment of Honorable James Speed as Magistrate.
Executive Summary:
Appointment of all magistrates is required to be completed by the Flagstaff City Council for a two-year term under both the City Charter and FCC Section 1-15-001-0002(A). Appointment of Magistrates for the Municipal Court allows for ongoing operations of the court without interruption.

Magistrates hear criminal, civil, traffic and local code violations that are filed in the Flagstaff Municipal Court. They conduct trials, both jury and non-jury, and sentence individuals within the parameters set by law. Magistrates are required for the ongoing operational needs of the Municipal Court. Magistrates are critical to the criminal and civil processes of the judicial branch.

Judge Speed has been serving as Magistrate at the Municipal Court and is requesting to continue in his current role.
Financial Impact:
Funding for this judicial position has been included in the approved budget of the Flagstaff Municipal Court. No additional budgetary impact is anticipated.
Policy Impact:
Magistrates are critical to the criminal and civil processes of the judicial branch. This appointment helps maintain an independent judiciary that is necessary for the ongoing operations of our local government. A strong, independent and fair judicial branch provides balance to criminal and civil matters that require resolution within our municipality.
Connection to PBB Key Community Priorities/Objectives & Regional Plan:
Personnel - Attract and retain quality staff.
Has There Been Previous Council Decision on This:
Magistrate Speed has been appointed by previous City Councils and has been serving in the Flagstaff Municipal Court for four years.
Options and Alternatives:
Approve the appointment.
Don't approve the appointment and request alternative candidates for Council consideration.


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