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. She chairs the Justice Courts’ Pro-Tem, Hearing Officer, and Mediator Committee and is a mentor
to new judges before they take the Bench.
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 Justice.
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.