There are seven Municipal Court Judges and one Commissioner at the Mesa
Presiding City Magistrate J. Matias Tafoya (Arraignment Courtroom 202),
Judge Robin Allen (Courtroom 301), Judge Valerye Boyer-Wells (Courtroom 302)
Judge Michelle Lue Sang (Courtroom 303), Judge Karl Eppich (Courtroom 304),
Judge Victor Ortiz (Courtroom 305), Judge Elizabeth Arriola (Custody
Courtroom), and Commissioner Richard Garcia (Courtroom 101).
Selection of Judges:
The Mesa City Council established a Judicial Advisory Board in 1997. This
Board is responsible for:
- recommending to the City Council the best qualified persons to become judges
- evaluating the performance of appointed judges and advising the City Council
about retaining them.
The City Council reviews the recommendations from the Judicial Advisory
Board and appoints the judges.
Mesa City Code Title 2 Chapter 3
Judicial Advisory Board
The initial appointment is for a two-year term; if reappointed, the second
term is a two year term; subsequent reappointments are for four-year terms
Mesa City Code Title 1
Chapter 7 City Magistrates
Commissioners are appointed by the Presiding City
Magistrate and preside over Civil Traffic Offenses.