Jeff Fine was sworn in as the new Clerk of the Superior Court on January 9, 2019. He was elected to the position by voters of Maricopa County in November 2018 and he is the 11th person to serve as the Clerk.
As Clerk, Fine is the official record keeper and financial officer for the Superior Court and is responsible for overseeing a staff of 650, a budget of nearly $40 million, supporting more than 160 judges and commissioners, serving a constituency of over four million, and operating an office that serves one of the top five largest counties and trial court systems in the nation.
In leading the Office, Fine is focused on improving the customer experience, strengthening judicial/government partnerships, enhancing communication, and creating a positive and professional work environment for staff. Specifically, he is a strong advocate in leveraging technology and developing innovative strategies to make it easier for customers to access court services including allowing online payments and providing the opportunity to schedule appointments online to obtain certain services. Other technical initiatives include the use of emerging technologies such as virtual assistance and mobile applications and developing modern, easy-to-use services that are accessible through any device at any time. In addition, Fine is determined to pursue opportunities to partner with other judicial entities to improve the customer experience and advance technology. Other priorities include: to enhance communications with customers, employees, and judicial / government partners to engage them in meaningful ways to improve and innovate services; to seek feedback for continuous improvement from customers, and to provide a positive, professional work environment for staff that allows opportunities for employees to participate in the overall success of the organization.
Prior to his election as the Clerk, Fine served four years as the court administrator for the Maricopa County Justice Courts. In this capacity, he implemented several innovative strategies, including a video appearance center for in-custody court appearances that virtually eliminated prisoner transport, allowed cases to be resolved faster and reduced demand for costly jail space in justice court cases. Preceding the administrator position, he was elected in 2010 as a Maricopa County justice of the peace in the state's busiest court precinct at the time. Fine has also served as a police officer, court marshal, and court administrator for the City of Goodyear. In addition to his service in the Judicial Branch, Fine served over 20 years in the United States Air Force on active duty and in the reserve, including deployment in support of the War on Terrorism.
Fine is a member of the White Tanks Rotary, volunteers in support of various non-profit efforts and often presents at court training events throughout Arizona. He has served on nine state and county level task forces and committees with recent appointment to a 10th, the Arizona Task Force on Delivery of Legal Services.
Jeff is married to Kori Fine, a professor with Grand Canyon University and former director with Summit Community Church and WATERisLIFE. He was raised in the West Valley of Maricopa County where he, Kori and their four children reside.