The Casa Grande City Council appointed Christopher J. O’Neil as the new city judge on Monday, July 1 during a special meeting where the Council interviewed five candidates for the top position. O’Neil replaces Judy Ferguson, who has been city judge since 1989.
Christopher O’Neil will be leaving his current post as staff attorney for Pinal County Superior Court, where he has worked since April 2011. While at the county he assisted judges with various areas of law, such as analyzing pleadings and motions in all stages of litigation including trial. His primary focus was civil litigation, with some criminal and family law matters.
Previously, he worked as a law clerk and associate attorney from March 2009 to February 2011 for a law firm in Tucson, Arizona. While there he handled plaintiff’s personal injury cases and some work in corporate litigation and business transactions.
“I love the City of Casa Grande, and I can think of no better opportunity than to serve my home community as an energetic, innovative, and knowledgeable city judge,” said O’Neil. “I make a commitment to be transparent and accountable by implementing tools to measure the court’s success.”
Located at 375 E. 9th Street, the Casa Grande Municipal Court is the judicial branch of Casa Grande City government. The Court is of limited jurisdiction and deals with misdemeanors, petty offenses, and civil violations, including traffic and City ordinances. The court also issues orders of protection and injunctions against harassment.
A Casa Grande native, O’Neil holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and was admitted to the Arizona bar in 2009. He lives with his family in Casa Grande. O’Neil will be sworn in at a regular City Council meeting on Monday, July 15 before he begins his duties as Casa Grande city magistrate on July 16.