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Posted on: April 20, 2022

Veteran Prosecutor Rachel Mitchell is appointed as Maricopa County Attorney

Rachel Mitchell

With 30 years of experience, Mitchell is ready to restore trust to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office

“I am honored the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has faith and trust in my ability to lead one of the largest prosecution offices in the country as your next Maricopa County Attorney,” Mitchell said. “I will be an engaged leader and look forward to restoring the trust of our community, law enforcement, and everyday Arizonans. For the last 30 years I have successfully prosecuted some of the most heinous crimes, delivered justice by standing up for victims and their families, and fairly applied the rule of law to ensure violent criminals were held accountable. This office means so much to me, and I look forward to showing up every day to make it better.” 

About Rachel Mitchell

Rachel Mitchell is an Arizona native and a veteran prosecutor with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. For the past thirty years, she’s dedicated her career to protecting families by prosecuting crimes against children, ensuring the integrity of our legal system, and leading teams of prosecutors to hold dangerous criminals accountable.

Throughout her career, Mitchell has advocated strengthening crimes against children and sex assault laws in the state and has pushed for changes in the courtroom to comfort victims testifying in abuse cases. She regularly teaches on a variety of criminal justice topics and is a nationally recognized speaker on sex assault and child abuse prosecution.

She has served at all levels of the office and led teams of prosecutors for more than 20 years, including the sex-crimes bureau, which prosecutes crimes that involve crimes against children including sex trafficking and adult sexual assault. Mitchell has successfully prosecuted hundreds of complex cases.

Mitchell rose to national prominence when she served as Nominations Investigative Counsel and questioned both Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh during Justice Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. She served as the acting Maricopa County Attorney after the appointment of Bill Montgomery to the Arizona Supreme Court and previously served as the Chief Deputy County Attorney and Chief of the Special Victims Division.

When not fighting for justice in her community, Rachel is playing percussion for her church orchestra. Mitchell received her law degree from Arizona State University and undergraduate degree from Grand Canyon University.

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