Gov. Doug Ducey recently appointed John Napper to fill a vacancy on the Yavapai County Superior Court.
Napper received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Greensboro College in North Carolina. After graduating from John Marshall Law School, he clerked for the public defender’s office as well as for a Superior Court judge in Maricopa County.
“John’s extensive experience in criminal law, in addition to the management and judicial responsibilities he currently has, make him an excellent candidate for this vacancy,” Ducey said in a statement. “John is widely respected in the community and is known for his willingness to collaborate with all parties involved in legal matters in order to best protect the public interest.”
Napper founded his own law firm, was of counsel to a private firm in Prescott and served as an attorney at Maricopa’s legal defense office and at Coconino County’s public defender office, according to a pres release. Additionally, he was Yavapai County Public Defender for two years, leading a team of over 30 staffers.
“His commitment to vulnerable Arizonans, including his work on drug abuse and addiction, has not gone unnoticed,” Ducey said. “I am proud to appoint John to the Yavapai County Superior Court.”
His appointment fills a vacancy left by the appointment of Judge Jennifer Campbell to the Arizona Court of Appeals Division One.