CHANDLER, Ariz. – The Chandler City Council has appointed Alicia Skupin to the position of Presiding City Magistrate to lead the Chandler Municipal Court effective July 1, concluding the recruitment and interview process for the position. Judge Skupin’s two-year employment agreement was approved during last night’s City Council meeting.
“Alicia brings a wealth of judicial experience and true passion for Chandler to the position of Presiding City Magistrate,” said Mayor Kevin Hartke. “As a City Council, we look forward to working with her on matters important to our community and residents.”
Skupin has served as a Magistrate for the Chandler Municipal Court since October 2014 and, most recently, served as Acting Presiding City Magistrate since Dec. 28, 2020. Prior to joining Chandler, she served over a two-year span as a Judge Pro Tempore in the municipal courts of Mesa, Scottsdale and Surprise.
Prior to becoming a judge, Skupin was a partner in Skupin Law Group, contracted public defender and attorney who represented clients charged with misdemeanor offenses in municipal courts. She also worked for the Arizona Court of Appeals as a Judicial Law Clerk for one year.
Skupin earned a law degree and bachelor’s degree in English/Education from Arizona State University. She is a member of the State Bar of Arizona in good standing since joining in 2002. She is bilingual to fully communicate with people in English and Spanish.
Skupin has actively participated in numerous judicial and law organizations during her career, including the Commission on Minorities in the Judiciary, State Bar of Arizona committees, Hispanic Bar Association, Arizona Magistrates Association and Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice. She also has served as a faculty member and editor for the Judicial College of Arizona, which provides training to judicial officers in the Arizona Court System.
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