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Fri, June 05

Guest Column: From the Williams Justice and City Court bench

The Williams Justice and City Courts recently partnered with Coconino County Adult Probation to bring additional resources to our court for adult probation and court customers.

Two computers were installed at a work station in the court lobby to provide access for training and skills improvement, legal and employment research, and for making online payments to the courts. The project was funded through a grant and was spearheaded by Chief Probation Officer Cindy Winn. We applaud Chief Winn and her staff for reaching out to the Williams Justice and City Courts to improve services for our customers.

The Williams City Court recently made improvements and changes to the court's payment method. The Williams City Court, as has been the case in the Williams Justice Court, now uses Official Payments as the mechanism for all payments made to the court. This change brings both courts into alignment for payments, improves efficiencies and customer service, and allows our customers to make payments online or by phone, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Take a look at www.officialpayments.com or call the court at (928) 679-7698 for more information.

We recently highlighted in this paper three of our staff members for outstanding public service. One of the ways we strive for excellence in the courts is to provide a higher degree of service to our community, even to those not appearing in our courts.

Let me give you a recent example of exceptional service provided by Williams Justice Court Volunteer and Veteran's Administration Liaison Don Saylor. Don recently became aware of a veteran in our community, Leo Atherton, who was in need of additional VA benefits other than those he was receiving. Mr. Atherton, by the way, is a combat veteran who served in the Army Signal Corps during WWII in the European campaign, and alongside Gen. George S. Patton.

Don drove Mr. Atherton to the VA office in Prescott, and assisted him in virtually doubling the benefits provided through the VA. While there, arrangements were made with recent returning combat vets from Afghanistan to provide an honorary salute and appreciation to Mr. Atherton for his service so many years ago. Thank you Don for your service to our court and community, and thank you Mr. Atherton for your service to our country!

Judge Rob Krombeen

Justice of the Peace and Magistrate

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