Judge Stewart has been a resident of Yuma County for approximately five decades. He was raised in eastern Yuma County before graduating from Antelope Union High School, leaving to attend Arizona State University and receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Before returning to Yuma County to begin his career in the criminal justice field, he and his wife Debbie were married in Tempe, Arizona. They have been married for over 30 years and have three school-aged children. Judge Stewart resigned his position with Yuma County Adult Probation when he was appointed as Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, on January 4, 2010, by the Yuma County Board of Supervisors. He spent almost 22 years serving the residents of Yuma County in the criminal justice field at the county, state and federal level, having worked in both the adult and juvenile justice systems. He served in management as a Probation Services Supervisor with Yuma County Adult Probation for approximately 16 years specializing in court program development, enhancement and modification. He served as the Drug Court Coordinator, managed a Day Reporting Center, supervised the department’s specialized sex offender and domestic violence programs, and ended his probation career directing the Investigations unit. He has served on numerous local and statewide committees.

Judge Stewart’s efforts, along with those of the Drug Court team, led to the saving of millions of tax dollars. The program was recognized for its outstanding effort and awarded as such by the Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court. After leaving Drug Court, he was named to the Drug Court Hall of Fame. 

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