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Weiss ends his brief retirement

March 30, 2019

KINGMAN — Retirement didn’t last very long for former Mohave County Superior Court Judge Richard Weiss.

After hanging up his robe and setting aside his gavel just three months ago, the former Bullhead City resident who currently resides in Kingman begins a new job with Mohave County in Kingman on Monday.

County Manager Mike Hendrix confirmed that Weiss will become the interim administrator of the public defenders office, succeeding Alex Bolobonoff. Hendrix said Bolobonoff indicated his wish to retire early this month but also agreed to remain on board until the county found a short- or long-term replacement.

Hendrix said Bolobonoff decided to enter retirement this Friday when he was informed Weiss would handle his duties on a temporary basis. Bolobonoff was hired by Mohave County in 1999 and worked for several chief Public Defenders before being promoted to lead the office in February, 2016.

Weiss had extensive experience in private practice before taking the bench as a judge pro tempore for Mohave County Superior Court in May of 1996. He was appointed by the governor as a fulltime Superior Court judge in February of 2005 and remained in Superior Court until retiring at the end of last year.

Hendrix said Weiss is well-suited to his new role in the local criminal justice system.

“I think Mohave County is blessed to have the opportunity for him to step in,” Hendrix said.

Human Resources Director Ken Cunningham said the county began a recruitment campaign to select and hire a new fulltime PDO administrator earlier this month. Cunningham said it will take at least a month — and perhaps several months more — to fill the position.

Cunningham said it is envisioned that Weiss will mostly manage PDO operations and personnel rather than spending much time handling cases in court. He said Weiss also will assess the PDO’s provision of indigent legal services, possibly making improvement recommendations before or upon his exit.