Judge Cathy Riggs was elected in November, 2016 and became the Desert Ridge Justice of the Peace in January, 2017
when she was sworn-in by Arizona Supreme Court Justice Clint Bolick.
Judge Riggs has an extensive background in law enforcement and justice administration. She began her professional
career as a police officer in Santa Rosa, California, working patrol alongside her male colleagues. She was
promoted to detective and worked on major crime investigations, specializing and becoming a recognized expert in
sexual assault and child abuse cases. She also taught at the police academy and at the basic law enforcement
course for National Parks rangers. While on the police force, Riggs earned a B.A. degree in Administration of
Judge Riggs left law enforcement to raise three children and begin law school. After four years of night classes
(and lots of microwave meals for the kids!), she graduated with a Juris Doctor degree, and would later resume her
career as the Manager of Investigations for the Arizona Medical Board.