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12/1/2012 3:49:00 PM
Wolfinger resigns as Judge Pro Tem from Yavapai County Superior Court
By Lisa Irish
Contributing Reporter/Daily Courier

Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Pro Tempore Ethan A. Wolfinger will resign from the bench effective Friday, Dec. 7, according to Shelly Bacon, court services manager of Yavapai County Superior Court.

Wolfinger, who previously served as judge in the Juvenile Justice Center, took over March 5, 2012, as judge pro tempore after Judge Warren R. Darrow resigned on Feb. 10, 2012.

Wolfinger said in a statement from the court it was a great honor and privilege to serve as a Superior Court judge for Yavapai County and wishes to thank his staff, other judges, clerks and court administration for their support and encouragement.

Presiding Judge David L. Mackey accepted Judge Wolfinger's resignation with sadness and wishes him the best, Bacon related.

"Judge Wolfinger has served the citizens of Yavapai County in a number of capacities for nearly 29 years," Mackey said in the news release. "He has earned the opportunity to take some time for himself and his family."

Wolfinger, an Arizona native, grew up in Yavapai County and has been involved in the Yavapai County legal community since 1980 as a private attorney, deputy Yavapai County attorney, town attorney, Juvenile Justice Center commissioner and part-time judge pro tem.

Wolfinger began as an attorney with his father Harold Wolfinger at the firm of Wolfinger & Lutey, joined the Yavapai County Attorney's Office in 1984, and worked there for Yavapai County Attorney Chick Hastings and Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk until 2010.

Wolfinger was the Town Attorney/Town Prosecutor for the Town of Dewey/Humboldt until June 2010 when he began working for the Yavapai County Superior Court part-time as a Juvenile Court Commissioner and Judge Pro Tem.

Wolfinger also filled in as needed when Judge Thomas Lindberg became ill (Lindberg died of cancer April 2, 2011), when Judge Robert Brutinel joined the Arizona Supreme Court, and after Darrow announced his retirement.

Wolfinger was a board member of the Sharlot Hall Museum, the Yavapai Humane Society and West Yavapai Guidance Clinic, took part in the Veterans Stand Down for many years, and has volunteered with a number of organizations throughout the community.

Wolfinger also taught family law in Yavapai College's paralegal program for many years and ran clinics for people considering divorce.

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