Gov. Jan Brewer is accepting applications for candidates who might want to replace Pima County Superior Court Clerk Patricia Noland, who is retiring March 31.
Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. March 6. A copy of the application and instructions for applying can be found at www.azgovernor.gov/
Noland announced her retirement earlier this week, saying she wanted time to focus on her family.
Noland was first elected clerk of Superior Court in 1998 and has been re-elected three times, most recently in 2010.
Between 1989 and 1997, Noland served two terms each in the state House and Senate, and then worked as an auditor for the Attorney General's Office before she ran for Superior Court clerk.
Brewer must appoint a Republican to fill the last two years of Noland's term.
Noland said she has suggested Toni Hellon, her chief deputy.
Noland hired Hellon, who is also a former state senator, to head the office's records-retention unit in 2007.
"It would be a seamless transition," Noland said. "The public wouldn't notice a change, and my staff and the judges already know her."
The clerk of the Superior Court maintains the official records of the court and exhibits for court proceedings. The clerk is also responsible for processing lawsuits, marriage licenses, passports and child-support cases.
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