Judge J. Matias Tafoya

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TafoyaPortrait-smJ. Matias Tafoya was appointed by the Mesa City Council  as Presiding City Magistrate on September 8, 2003. 

Prior to his appointment as Presiding City Magistrate, he served as a judge in the Phoenix Municipal Court for nineteen years.  He also has worked as a Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney's  Office, as an Assistant City Prosecutor for the Phoenix City Prosecutor's Office, and was in private practice. 

Judge Tafoya has been a member of the Arizona State Bar since 1975, a member of the Los Abogados Hispanic Lawyers Association since 1976, and a member of the Arizona Asian American Bar Association since 2001.  He is a Founding Member of the Minority Judges Caucus.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science/Economics from Northern Arizona University.  Judge Tafoya was awarded his Juris Doctorate by Arizona State University College of Law.