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August 2017

ACA Conference in Flagstaff

Jan/Feb 2018

ACA Conference in Tubac

    Learn more about the Constables with this video!


President Ken Sumner
11:46 AM 11/20/2016

The Flagstaff 2016 training conference was a success and I want to personally thank all those members who attended and contributed in the training. As most of you know, there is a lot that goes into our training conferences and I look forward to keeping the tradition of the ACA being the foremost authority on providing civil service training for all law enforcement agencies throughout the state.

Elections. I would like to congratulate the following Constables in winning their bid for reelection and then welcome some new comers to the position. Some of the newly elected have been with us awhile for as appointments so those faces will already be familiar.

County Re-Elected
Maricopa Carolyn Lane, Frank Canez, Ken Sumner, Ed Malles, Doug Middleton, David Lester, Richard Coplan and Steve Allen
Pima Bennet Bernal, Mary Dorgan and Colette Philip
  Newly Elected
Gila Tony McDaniel
Maricopa Brent McCleve and James Rich
Mohave Mike Hoggard
Navajo Suzanne Smith, Elizabeth Whitethorne-Benally
Pima Jose Gonzalez, Oscar Vasquez, John Rademaker, Thomas Schenek Jr. and Michael Stevenson
Yavapai Jody Fanning
  Appointed Constables
Navajo Keith Fish

Per ARS 22-137 Section E, all newly elected Constables are required to attend a mandatory training course within 6 months of taking office. This applies to a newly elected and appointed Constables except Mohave County Constable Mike Hoggard who was appointed and attended this training in early 2015. We all look forward to meeting the newly elected Constables in Tubac this January.

ACA Training Conference in Tubac Az. January 23rd thru 26th has been approved by the Constable Ethics, Standards and Training Board. This being an election year the ACA must also provide training for Newly Elected Constables throughout the state. We have 12 newly elected Constables in office as of Jan 1st 2017 and their training should be provided as soon as possible. This includes all appointed and newly elected positions. As a result, the ACA is planning on combining Newly Elected training with our regular training conference. Newly Elected Constables will attend a longer class schedule than existing Constables and members, but some courses will be combined with both groups. The newly elected course will begin Monday Jan 23rd and conclude on Thursday Jan 26th at 5pm.

The ACA has been contacted by numerous Sheriff Departments throughout the state that plan on attending our training. We have a special schedule for those Sheriff’s Deputies that plan on attending our civil training classes. Information regarding the civil training classes can be found here or on the events page.

Our continued training for our main group will begin Tues January 24th and conclude on Thursday Jan 26th at Noon. This combined training is to be held in Tubac, Az. at the Tubac Golf Resort and Spa. More information regarding this event will be emailed to all members; Additionally, it is available for download here or on our events page. Please don’t hesitate to reserve your hotel room and submit your registration to our board as soon as possible. Rooms must be reserved by Dec. 23rd at the latest.

Lastly, two Constables have or will be leaving us soon.

Apache County Constable Breanna Lee has resigned due to family matters. Let’s all wish Breanna and her family the best and hope the future is bright and prosperous.

Constable Fred Arnett was appointed on 11-17-16 as Justice of the Peace for the West Mesa Justice Court in Maricopa County. Fred will begin attending a comprehensive judicial education training for his new position immediately and take office Jan 2nd, 2017. Congratulations Fred! Make us proud!

The ACA expects the announcement of appointments for these 2 constable positions from Apache and Maricopa County in the near future so those appointees may attend the upcoming training.

Thank you again and I look forward to seeing you all in Tubac,

   Ken Sumner


March 18th, 2014
     The Arizona Constables Association which represents the majority of the Constables in the State of Arizona awarded Brandon Schmoll their Exemplary Service Award.

     Constable Schmoll took office January 1, 2010 and has an excellent record of serving the Kyrene Justice Precinct which includes the Ahwatukee and Tempe areas. Constable Schmoll has been actively serving his community, not only in his role as Constable, but also as a Board member for the Ahwatukee Kiwanis Club, President of his H.O.A., and involvement in the Phoenix Block Watch program. Throughout his term as Constable, he has continually been an advocate for the abused or neglected children and animals he comes across during evictions. While doing evictions can be grim, Schmoll says “I follow the Golden Rule and treat people and animals the way I would want to be treated under the same circumstances”.

     Constables are an integral part of the Justice Court system in the State of Arizona. A Constable is an elected official who serves as the Executive Branch of the Courts. In addition to providing judicial security services, Constables are empowered to serve all cases given to them by the Justice of the Peace or other Judges. The process includes service of criminal and civil subpoenas and summonses, writs of restitution (eviction orders), writs of execution (orders to collect judgments), writs of replevin (orders to seize property), orders of protection and injunctions against harassment as well as any other orders from the courts. Constables may also be involved in the sale of seized property, summoning jurors for trials, and posting of liquor license notices.

     Constables who are elected by voters within their judicial precincts are able to provide timely and cost efficient service by working directly with the courts in their local communities to ensure the court's orders are served with justice in an ethical and respectful manner.

For more information Contact Constable Vince Roberts – President:
     Arizona Constables Association
     32 North Stone Suite #111
     Tucson, AZ 85701
     Office 520-740-5442


      An excerpt from
Enrique “Henry” Gárfias was an early Phoenix community leader, and the first Hispanic to hold an elected office in the city. Gárfias was born in Mexico, and grew up in California. He came to Phoenix in 1874. Four years later he ran for town constable and won, defeating several Anglo candidates. His duties included serving legal notices and assisting in operations of the peace court. In 1881, Gárfias ran for the position of Phoenix’s first city marshal.
Read more of this on our Constable History page.


Welcome to the Arizona Constables Association web site. This site has been developed to assist you with learning more about this elected position.

Did you know that the job of a Constable varies depending on the county he or she works in?

Constables have been a part of Arizona since the days of the Wild West. On our About page, the constable's rich history will take you on a journey from territorial days to present times.

Although the Ethics, Standards and Training Board is a separate entity from the Association, several association members serve on the Ethics, Standards and Training Board, which oversees the conduct of Arizona's Constables. For more information about the board, browse over to our Ethics, Standards and Training Board page.

Under the Members Section you will find a listing of the current members of the Association and their biographical information.

We hope you enjoy this site and if you have any further need to contact a board member, please see the Board Members page.


     Hopi Artist Richard Gorman from Holbrook Arizona donates paintings to the ACA for the raffle. Known for his colorful paintings of native life and Kachinas, Richard is pictured here with Constable Phyllis Romo and Constable Pauline Hernandez and also next to President Phil Hazlett. Richard’s work can be found in galleries across the state and also online including the sites mentioned below.


     The ACA provides two scholarships every year in the amount of $500. Any Constable, immediate family member of an elected or appointed Constable or Honorably retired Constable is eligible for these scholarships. This year’s recipients were Clayten White, son of Constable Colt White (Payson Regional Precinct) and Jennifer Runge, daughter of Constable Hank Hellman (Mayer Precinct). These scholarships are announced every year and information will be posted on the ACA Website.