Former Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel dead at 45

Apr 30, 2022, 1:58 PM | Updated: 7:09 pm
(Facebook Photo/Allister Adel)...
(Facebook Photo/Allister Adel)
(Facebook Photo/Allister Adel)

PHOENIX — Former Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel died due to health complications on Saturday, according to a statement by made by her family.

Adel was 45 years old.

Adel assumed office as Maricopa County Attorney in 2019 and resigned in March.

She is survived by her husband, David DeNitto, and two children.

“This May we would have celebrated 20 years of marriage. My family and I are utterly heartbroken by this unimaginable loss,” DeNitto said in a statement.

“I am heartbroken to learn of Allister’s passing. Her many years of service to our community leaves a legacy that impacted crime victims, first responders, and animals, just to name a few. My thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends, and this community that she so dearly loved,” Interim County Attorney Rachell Mitchell, who replaced Adel, said in a statement.

Adel was first chosen to replace Bill Montgomery as county attorney in 2019 after Montgomery was named to the Arizona Supreme Court.

She was reelected to the position in 2020, becoming the first woman elected to the role, after defeating Democrat Julie Gunnigle.

Adel spent the election night in the hospital having emergency surgery for a brain bleed, the result of an earlier fall at home.

In August, Adel sought in-patient services for anxiety and alcohol abuse and was later transferred to a facility in California for further treatment.

The Maricopa County Democratic Party called on Adel, a Republican, to resign immediately to focus on her recovery in September.

She issued her resignation in March after it was revealed Adel and MCAO were forced to drop 180 criminal cases after charges weren’t filed before the statute of limitation expired.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued his condolences on Twitter, calling the death a “tragic” incident.

Maricopa County Board of Supervisors chairman Bill Gates also issued a statement on Twitter.

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Former Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel dead at 45