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Carroll seeking Green Valley justice court post

Former longtime county supervisor Ray Carroll said Monday he is asking to be appointed to a justice of the peace position at Green Valley Justice Court.

“This is a golden opportunity to represent Green Valley,” he said.

Justice of the Peace Lisa Royal resigned Aug. 17 to take the court administrator job with Pima County Consolidated Justice Court. She was appointed JP in 2013, and was elected to a four-year term the following year.

Applicants have until Friday to apply, and the Board of Supervisors will appoint a new justice Oct. 17 to finish Royal's term. Carroll, who retired in January after serving as a Pima County supervisor for about 20 years, said he would run for the JP position in 2018.

Candidates for the appointed post must live and be registered to vote in the court precinct and, because they are a mid-term replacement, must be Republican, the same party as Royal. Carroll, who lived outside the precinct, has rented a home in Green Valley, where he said he has always considered as a possible place to retire.

If appointed, Carroll said he would leave the Amity Foundation, a nonprofit that focuses on substance abuse recovery. He joined the group last spring and moved into a paid position this summer.

“They're OK with me chasing my dream job,” he said.

A forum of all JP candidates will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 27, Las Campanas rec center, 565 W. Belltower Dr., Green Valley.

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This story was first published by the Green Valley News.

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Carroll announced that he wouldn't seek another term on the Board of Supervisors in February 2016.