VOL. 17 ISSUE NO. 27   |   JULY 6 – 12, 2011


Cave Creek Town Magistrate retires

george prestonCAVE CREEK – In light of the termination of former Town Prosecutor Mark Iacovino’s services, after speaking with Town Manager Usama Abujbarah last Wednesday, George Preston decided to retire as town magistrate, effective June 30, something he’s been pondering over the past few years.

Serving as the Cave Creek Municipal Court judge for more than a decade, Preston also presided over the town’s historic “drawing of lots” to decide a tied council race in 2009 between Councilman Thomas McGuire and former Councilman Adam Trenk, who won the card drawing for his council seat.

Preston, who called his service as town magistrate “rewarding,” has always felt a close connection to Cave Creek for its unrelenting protection of the natural environment.

According to Abujbarah, council will be asked to appoint a temporary magistrate for a period of six months until it decides what to do on a more permanent basis.

During its recent retreat, council discussed the possibility of having its criminal cases transferred to the Desert Ridge Justice Court at 40th Street and Union Hills Drive.

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