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Deputy Pima County Att'y Kellie Johnson fills vacant Superior Court seat

Kellie Johnson, the chief criminal deputy of the Pima County Attorney's Office, has been appointed to the Pima County Superior Court bench by Gov. Doug Ducey.

"Kellie has dedicated her career to the citizens of Pima County," said Ducey, who announced the appointment Monday. "Her years of criminal law and trial experience make her an excellent addition to the judiciary."

Johnson has spent more than 20 years as a career prosecutor for Pima County. She will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge K.C. Stanford.

Johnson graduated from the University of Arizona in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science, and then received a law degree from the UA's James E. Rogers College of Law in 1996, where she graduated cum laude and was an editor for the Arizona Law Review.

She is president of the Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation, and also serves on the Arizona Supreme Court's Capital Case Oversight Committee and Criminal Rules Task Force. Johnson is also a part-time professor of practice at the UA law school.

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