FLAGSTAFF - David Rozema, Coconino County's chief deputy attorney for the past 12 years, announced Feb. 14 that he's seeking to replace Terence Hance as Coconino County Attorney. Hance plans to retire at the end of the year.
"I have been preparing for this position for more than 20 years and I am ready to lead the office into the challenging years that lie ahead," said Rozema. "I see no greater calling than public service for the community in which my wife, Linda, and I raised our four daughters and where I have invested my professional legal career."
Rozema is well known for successfully prosecuting numerous high-profile criminal cases. He has also been recognized for his extensive community involvement, including service on such boards and organizations as Flagstaff Leadership Program, Big Brothers Big Sisters, United Way of Northern Arizona and Coconino County Alliance Against Drugs.
"After 12 years as second in command, I understand the needs of the community and the issues that confront our county." Rozema added, "As County Attorney, I will build on our solid foundation, including fully implementing 'Solution- based Prosecution.' This program is designed to be tough on dangerous or repeat criminals, but also to seek rehabilitation for non-violent first offenders, when appropriate. We want to promote justice as well as healthier, safer communities.
"The County Attorney's office will have a stronger presence in the community under my leadership. We will seek opportunities to bring office support and resources to help effect positive change throughout the county. A good example of this is the Western Navajo-Hopi Meth Task Force, an outreach group I helped form two years ago in Tuba City."
In addition to serving as Chief Deputy, Rozema, 53, also has private law firm experience, having been a Partner with Mangum, Wall, Stoops and Warden in Flagstaff, where he specialized in civil and commercial litigation. Rozema, a Democrat, is also a licensed attorney with the Navajo Nation, where he has argued successfully before the Navajo Supreme Court.
"We have widespread bipartisan support and I will continue my demonstrated commitment to serving all of Coconino County with integrity, fairness and heart," Rozema concluded.
Additional information regarding Rozema's credentials and vision for the office can be found at his Web site, www.DavidRozema.com.