Governor Ducey Appoints D. Steven Williams To The Arizona Court Of Appeals

News Release

November 1, 2019

PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointment of Judge D. Steven Williams to the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division I.

Since 2016, Judge Williams has served as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Apache County Superior Court, where he presides over civil, family, probate, guardianship and mental health cases, as well as appeals from limited jurisdiction courts. Since 2018, Judge Williams has also served as the Presiding Judge for the Eagar Magistrate Court, where he handles criminal, traffic and municipal code violations. In 2017, Governor Ducey appointed Judge Williams to the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission.

In addition, Judge Williams has served on the Navajo County Board of Supervisors since 2015. He represents the citizens of District IV, which consists of the communities of Show Low, Linden, Pinedale, Clay Springs, Heber-Overgaard and a portion of Pinetop-Lakeside. In 2018, he served as the Chairman of the Navajo County Board of Supervisors after having been elected to that position unanimously by his fellow Board members.

Prior to his current service on the bench and as a community leader, Judge Williams worked in the private sector, primarily handling criminal and juvenile cases. He began his legal career at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office in 2005.

Judge Williams is also very active in the community. In 2013, he co-founded the Annual Show Low Community Fast, which raises money to assist individuals and families in need. Additionally, Judge Williams serves his community as a local leader in his church, coaching youth soccer and wrestling, and has previously served as a volunteer leader in the Boy Scouts of America, earning the rank of Eagle Scout as a youth. 

“Judge Williams is a respected judicial officer and leader in his community, who has served his community well,” said Governor Ducey. “I am pleased to appoint Judge Williams to the Arizona Court of Appeals.”

Judge Williams attended the U.S. Naval Academy Preparatory School, while serving active duty in the Naval Reserves, before being honorably discharged. Judge Williams graduated cum laude from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies, and a Minor in Communications, and was a member of the men’s wrestling team. He then obtained his law degree from the Arizona State University College of Law.

This appointment was made to fill the vacancy created by the unexpected passing of Judge Jon W. Thompson.

Due to prescriptions outlined in A.R.S. § 12-120.02, eligible applicants for this vacancy were restricted to residents of Apache, Coconino, La Paz, Mohave, Navajo, Yavapai or Yuma County.