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Justice of the Peace candidate interview: Rob Krombeen
Rob Krombeen is running for Justice of the Peace in the Aug. 26 primary election.
Rob Krombeen is running for Justice of the Peace in the Aug. 26 primary election.
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How long have you lived in Williams?

I've been a resident of Williams for 22 1/2 years now.

Why did you decide to run for this office?

My run for office of Justice of the Peace actually began 22 years ago. This has been a long-term criminal justice career goal fulfilled four years ago when elected as Justice of the Peace and appointed as Magistrate for the city of Williams. I'm running for this office because I have a desire to continue serving our communities, making a positive difference in people's lives and building upon the successes of the past years in office.

What experience qualifies you for the Justice of the Peace position?

My experience is what really sets me apart for this election. I have 22 years experience working in our courts here in Williams and 27 years total criminal justice experience, 3 1/2 of those years have been here as judge. During that time approximately 15,000 cases have come through our courts and we've worked diligently to improve the management flow of those cases and the customer service associated with them.

But it's also equally important that my 22 years working in our communities has given me a deep understanding of the unique challenges facing the people who come before us in the courts. That experience can't be taught or learned overnight.

What changes, if any, do you think should be made in our local court system?

We have a great court staff that's currently running the court in an amazingly efficient manner. Our staff knows best how to manage and administer the court so I will continue to rely on their expertise and knowledge when it comes to the administrative function of the court. We regularly evaluate our procedures and we receive input from the staff and those appearing in our court to discuss possible improvements and we'll continue to be the innovative court in Coconino County and we'll continue to provide the best and most efficient service possible.

We also hope to improve on the recent creation of a Veterans Court in Coconino County by implementing improved VA services directly available at our court. I'll also continue to build upon highly successful community restitution, youth and community outreach programs previously developed. Finally I'll continue to find alternative sentencing options that reduce recidivism and increase positive outcomes for those appearing in our court.

What is your strongest personal quality as it relates to the Justice of the Peace position?

I think my character trait that is the most beneficial to the Justice Court is that my character compels me to treat people with fairness, respect and dignity. With that I'll continue to improve upon the tradition of providing an open and inviting courtroom setting. People who have to come to court are already often under a great deal of stress and are intimidated by the judicial system, so I'll continue to maintain that level of openness in our court.

Briefly summarize your platform.

My term in office is centered on the philosophy that all citizens should be treated with respect. Law abiding citizens deserve to live freely and at peace, and those who have broken the law should be given the opportunity to correct their behavior. During these years in office I've accomplished what I previously promised the voters. I'm thankful for the opportunity and honor of serving the citizens of this precinct as Justice of the Peace, and I look forward to building on the successes of these past years in office.

What's the role of the Justice of the Peace in a small community?

I think the challenges and the opportunities of this Justice Court are unique in that being a small community it often can be challenging to be a judge because I live and recreate and often see those that appear in our court. So I think having an open and inviting atmosphere in the court, is beneficial. Also our family has been very involved and committed to this community for the years that we've lived here, and I think being a committed part of many elements of the community have helped me to have a deeper understanding of some of the challenges and some of the issues that people in this community face and how we can find solutions to help resolve those challenges in our community.

What's the benefit of being both the Justice of the Peace and Williams Magistrate?

I think there's great benefits to both of the courts and both of the entities represented, both Coconino County and the city of Williams, because we often have people appearing in court at similar times in both courts, and we often have people who appear on very short notice for a question or an issue involving their case. And because we have a schedule that allows for people to come in any day of the week during open court hours to ask questions or bring resolve to their cases, having one person in both of those positions has been extremely beneficial to the courts in that we're not having different people or having different schedules. And we've been able to improve our customer service by having the administrative function of the court run by the Justice Court employees. And so that those courtroom appearances become seamless between the courts and that the people and customers coming into court would not see or notice any difference in service or opportunities or scheduling to be able to see the judge.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Article comment by: Pat Smilth

While I don't personally know Judge Krombeen, I do know him as a judge. He was fair when I was arrested for disturbing the peace, and helped me get back on my feet. If it wasn't for Judge Krombeen I would still be drinking 7 nights a week, instead of just 4 like I am now. Thanks for teaching me my lesson!

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