Karl Elledge was sworn-in as the new Division 4 judge for Cochise County Superior Court during an investiture ceremony on Wednesday.
Elledge, 59, was elected as judge in November. He has practiced law in the county for 33 years. He is the first Buena High School graduate to serve as a Superior Court judge in the county.
The ceremony was attended by Superior Court Judges James Conlogue, John Kelliher, Charles Irwin, Donna Beumler, and Wallace Hoggatt, in addition to attorneys, court staff, former judges, and friends and family of Elledge. Former judge Matthew Borowiec pointed out that Superior Court judges in Cochise County are “elected,” instead of being “appointed” to their positions. The appointed judges in Arizona are impressive, he said, but the elected judges are either “hit” or “miss.” He said Cochise County has been “lucky” to get good elected judges, and Elledge is a “hit.” Elledge made some brief remarks during the ceremony. He expressed his “heartfelt thanks to everybody who made this day possible” and he said he looks forward to working with all the judges. Judge Conlogue, who is the county’s new presiding judge, welcomed Elledge to the bench, and agreed with Borowiec that the selection of Elledge “was a hit, and it will continue to be so.” Elledge replaced Judge Ann Littrell, who retired after serving two four-year terms in office. She was the first woman ever elected as Superior Court judge in the county.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: In an article published in Thursday’s issue of the Herald/Review regarding the swearing-in of Karl Elledge as the new Division 4 judge for Cochise County Superior Court, former judge Matthew Borowiec incorrectly stated that Elledge is the first Buena High School graduate to serve as a Superior Court judge in the county. In fact, Division 2 Judge John Kelliher also graduated from Buena High School.)