Justice of the Peace Biography

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Justice of the Peace #1
Judge Stewart
Judge Gregory S. Stewart
Presiding Judge
Yuma County Justice Courts


Judge Stewart has been a resident of Yuma County for approximately four 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 Debbie Stewart were married in Tempe, Arizona. They have been married for over 20 years and have three school-aged children. Judge Stewart resigned his position with Yuma County Adult Probation when he was appointed 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 including the Yuma County Meth Nuke Group, served as chairman of the Yuma County Sex Offender Management Task Force, and treasurer of the Arizona Association of Drug Court Professionals.

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.

Justice of the Peace #2

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Judge Juan M. Guerrero

Judge Guerrero was born in Yuma, Arizona and raised in Somerton, Arizona, where he attended O.L. Carlisle Elementary School and Kofa High School. He is a graduate of Arizona Western College and the University of Arizona. He also attended Empire College School of Law. Judge Guerrero served ten years as a Navy Hospital Corpsman with the 1st Marine Division out of Camp Pendleton, California and the Marine Corp Base, in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, after having graduated from the Naval School of Medicine and the Field Medical School in addition to being a war veteran.

After his military service, Judge Guerrero returned to Yuma and joined the Yuma County Sheriff’s Department where he served the community as a Patrol Deputy and Detective. He has also served as a Patrol Commander for the Cocopah Tribal Police Department. Judge Guerrero has further served as a criminal investigator for the State of Arizona State Department of Juvenile Corrections Internal Affairs and the Executive Director with the Tribal Gaming Commission. Judge Guerrero has been a Law Enforcement Instructor for the AWC Police Academy and is a State Certified Private Investigator.

In addition to his extensive background in law enforcement at State and Federal levels, Judge Guerrero was nominated in 2007 as ‘One of the Ten Most Influential Hispanics of Yuma County’. Then, in 2008, he was recognized as ‘One of the Ten Most Influential Hispanics of Yuma County’ and was nominated for the ‘Heart of Yuma for Outstanding Leadership’ award.

Judge Guerrero was elected on November 4, 2014, as Justice of the Peace, Precinct #2, and took office on January 1, 2015.


Justice of the Peace #3
Judge Jones
Judge Russ Jones

Judge Russ Jones has been a resident of Eastern Yuma County for over forty years. After graduation from Antelope Union High School, Judge Jones moved to Phoenix where he graduated from The Law Enforcement Training Academy. Upon graduation as a Department of Public Safety Officer, he received his first assignment to the Dateland Sub Station. Judge Jones served the East County for 29.5 years as a patrol officer. After retiring from the Department of Public Safety in April 2010, Judge Russ Jones was elected Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3 for the Wellton Justice Court in November 2010. He was appointed Magistrate for the Town of Wellton in January 2011. Judge Jones has been married since 1984 to Martha Yardley-Jones and they have three children.  


Judge Pro-Tempore
Judge Yolanda Torok
Judge Yolanda Torok

Judge Yolanda Torok was appointed as a Judge Pro-Tempore by the Superior Court Judge on July 1, 2006. Prior to her appointment she worked at the Adult Probation Department and later with the County Attorney’s Office as the Chief of the Victim Services Division. Her experience working with both the offender population and victims of crime has helped her to effectively process and rule on criminal cases.





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