Brett Eisele, justice of the peace for Precinct 3 of the Central Pinal District of the Pinal Justice Court, has submitted his resignation from his job effective Jan. 22. The Pinal County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to name his successor on Jan. 19.
Eisele did not cite any reasons for the decision in his resignation letter to the board, received Dec. 1, but did say, “Thank you for the honor of serving the people of Pinal County. I wish you and all the citizens of Pinal County the very best in the future.”
Eisele is a former local broadcaster and Realtor who never went to law school but worked his way into the judicial profession after being active in the committee with the Casa Grande planning and zoning commission, airport board, Pinal County Hospital Board District No. 1, and Central Arizona College Foundation.
He applied to become a judge pro tem at the advice of longtime friend and former Pinal County Superior Court Judge William O’Neil and started filling in for justices in the county in 2015. He was appointed to fill a justice of the peace seat vacated by Tom Shope in Florence in February 2017, then successfully ran for election to the seat in November 2018 as the Florence and Eloy precincts were merged into one.
Eisele’s current term concludes Dec. 31, 2022, so the board formed a three-member selection committee and began accepting applications from those interested and from the same political party as the incumbent, who is a Republican. The application period ended Dec. 31.