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Rachel Mitchell, 7 others apply to be Maricopa County’s top prosecutor

Rachel Mitchell (Maricopa County Attorney's Office Photo)

PHOENIX — Eight applicants have put their names in the hat to become the next Maricopa County attorney, following the appointment of Bill Montgomery to the Arizona Supreme Court.

Chief Deputy Rachel Mitchell, who gained national media attention during U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings and is currently leading the attorney’s office, is on the list.

The other applicants are Allister Adel, Lacy Cooper, Chris DeRose, Jon Eliason, Rodney Glassman, Gina Godbehere and John Kaites.

A seven-member citizen advisory committee will screen the applicants and make recommendations to Gov. Doug Ducey, who will appoint one of them to the position. Each candidate’s application can be viewed online.

The appointee will serve out Montgomery’s term, which ends in January 2021.

Ducey appointed him to the state’s highest court earlier this month out of seven finalists.

Montgomery replaced Chief Justice Scott Bales, who announced in March he was stepping down to lead the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denver.

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