With the deadline only two days away, Maricopa County officials are hoping more people step forward to apply for the job of constable in Kyrene Justice Court – which includes Ahwatukee.
For now, the only applicant is Brandon Schmoll, who ran for a third term as a Republican last fall and was defeated by Democrat Kent Rini, who resigned last month.
With only one application before the March 8 deadline, officials want more applicants so they have a “robust” and diverse field for the Board of Supervisors to choose from.
By law, the supervisors must pick a Democrat because Rini was one. In a letter to the county, Schmoll wrote, “I currently live and vote as a registered Democrat.” He could not be reached for comment.
Applicants will be subject to a background check, including a financial ,before the supervisors make a selection.
Rini was part of the mini blue wave that swept all but one of the local and state offices affecting Ahwatukee.
Constables execute, serve and return processes, warrants and notices and attend justice courts when required. The job pays $48,294 annually.
Whoever fills the vacancy will serve until a special election in 2020, when the winner will fill the remainder of the term until the 2022 general election.
Applicants should send their letters of interest along with a resume to the Office of the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, 301 W. Jefferson, 10th Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85003 or ClerkBoard@mail.maricopa.gov.
The Kyrene Precinct encompasses the Ahwatukee Foothills, portions of Tempe, and the Town of Guadalupe.