Pinal County Attorney, Mr. Kent Volkmer, strives to treat people with fairness, dignity, and respect. He was sworn in at a public ceremony on January 3, 2017. Upon stepping into his role as county attorney, Mr. Volkmer's goal has been to create a system of individualized justice. Mr. Volkmer wants county prosecutors to look at each case on its individual merits and seek a penalty that fits each individual crime.
On the other end of the spectrum, he does not believe every person who commits a crime needs to go to jail. Mr. Volkmer encourages the use of diversion, specialty courts, adult probation, and prison to hold offenders accountable while giving offenders the skills necessary to successfully reintegrate into society.
Mr. Volkmer believes in the concept of proportionality in the criminal justice system. What that means is the sentence imposed needs to fit the crime. Mr. Volkmer wants his staff to look at the impact a crime has on the victims and the community, as a whole.
Additionally, Mr. Volkmer wants the office to focus on fiscal responsibility. One accomplishment Mr. Volkmer is most proud of is working with the county to start a new department to provide medical examinations to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Before this program, victims were required to leave the county to receive these vital services. Now PCAO can provide better, more timely treatment to victims locally while saving taxpayer money.
Mr. Volkmer attended the University of Akron, obtaining both a law degree, with a certificate in Litigation, and his M.B.A. During his years in the private sector, operating his own law firm, Mr. Volkmer served local community members in a variety of matters including Juvenile Law, both Delinquency and Dependency, Family Law, Guardianships and Conservatorships, Probate, Wills, Estate Planning and Criminal Law.