“We did not go to the media immediately,” stated Clerk of the Superior Court Chad A. Roche, “until PCSO gave us the green light. We would never want to compromise the ultimate goal which was the arrest,” he concluded. With the arrest completed, it is time to understand the human interest portion of this amazing collaboration between County agencies.
“Let’s be honest,” Roche said, “my employees have not seen a raise in a very long time. Everyone is hurting as this economy limps along. What is very gratifying to me is that even with all of that constraint as a backdrop – no raises and no raises in sight – here we have a member of my staff demonstrate the kind of qualities I have tried to reinforce,” Roche detailed.
Since taking office in January of last year, the entire Clerk’s office has undergone a great deal of procedural and cultural change. Within an atmosphere of valuing and developing each team member, employees come to feel not only empowered but excited about being part of a larger cause.
The Deputy Clerk, who at present will remain anonymous, showed quick thinking as it unfolded. When Domanski initiated the offer to bribe, he launched into a detailed play-by-play of how his “rich parents” would “pay” if they felt that charges had been levied against their son. The Deputy Clerk stopped him and conveyed that the directions were becoming confusing and that it should be put in writing. Domanski complied with that request in a series of emails detailing the ill-fated scheme. Just moments after the offer was made, the Deputy Clerk alerted Clerk Roche who proceeded to work with PCSO.
“In order for the Rule of Law and our Republic to work, the public trust in the Courts must be absolute,” Roche stated emphatically.
Roche stated on his Facebook page, “Credit where credit is due. Our employee showed courage, professionalism, integrity, and remained calm and collected throughout the entire process. We are building a culture of Character and Accountability at the COSC – it’s not just words on a Mission Statement. Here is a clear cut example of what we are trying to achieve. Transparency…integrity…all of those things that you expect from your County government.”
The Office of the Clerk of the Superior Court is committed to providing quality customer service, ensuring the integrity and access to court records by supporting the Judicial process through efficient Records Management, Financial Administration and Jury Service.
The Florence office of the Clerk of the Superior Court is located at 971 N. Jason Lopez Circle in the Pinal County Justice Complex, Building A. It is open to serve the public on weekdays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Satellite offices are located in Apache Junction and Casa Grande. The office of the COSC can be reached at 520-866-5300. To learn more about the Office of the Clerk of the Superior Court in Pinal County, please visit http://pinalcountyaz.gov/Departments/JudicialBranch/ClerkoftheSuperiorCourt/Pages/AboutUs.aspx
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