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Meet the Municipal Court: An interview with Paradise Valley Judge Ty Taber

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Town of Paradise Valley | Local News That Matters

The Paradise Valley Town Manager’s Office reached out to Paradise Valley Municipal Court Judge Ty Taber to better understand the mand behind the gavel. This is what he had to say:

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Ty Taber

Name: Ty Taber
Age: 72
Occupation: Trial Attorney
Hometown: Phoenix
Family: My significant other, Nezi Orth; my son, JT Taber; his wife, Jackie; and my granddaughter, Juniper; and two small dogs, Griffin and Willoby.

*What are you most proud of accomplishing as a municipal judge?
The construction of the free-standing Paradise Valley Municipal Court building.

*How did you get into your career?
During my under-grad work at ASU, in 1972, I became involved in the U. S. House of Representatives campaign of Jack Brown, the founding partner of Brown & Bain in the Fourth Congressional District. Jack and most of the people on his campaign were practicing attorneys and they stoked my interest in the sturdy profession. After law school I went to work for Jim O’Connor, Harry Cavanaugh and Ralph Hunsaker, the best of mentors.

*What do you do in your downtime?
Try to unplug and relax.

*What’s your favorite place in Arizona?
The Grand Canyon, the symbol of our state. In all the world there is only one. Great place to contemplate the meaning of life and get away from the hassle of daily life in the big city.

*What did you want to be as a child?
The Lone Ranger, a fireman, a doctor (like my father), an astronaut, a stamp dealer, a rancher, president, and several other flights of fantasy.

*What advice would you give to today’s youth?
Get off your phone every once in a while!

*What are the opportunities and/or challenges you see in your community?
Water, increasing heat, a sustainable environment, civil communication among neighbors, and a decrease in the sense of entitlement that is so pervasive. Arizonans are strong willed and have survived much adversity. The state is unique and resilient. We have perseverance and great survival instincts.

*How do you want to be remembered?
Occasionally.

Editor’s Note: This item was first published at the Paradise Valley Town Manager’s Weekly Report.

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