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  • Supervisors appoint Justin Cluck as Pima County public fiduciary

    May 17, 2022 | Read More News
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    Justin Cluck

    The Pima County Board of Supervisors on May 17 voted 5-0 to appoint Justin Cluck as public fiduciary. Cluck replaces Peter Santini, who resigned earlier this year.

    Cluck, 46, has worked for the Pima County Public Defender’s Office since 2017 as an assistant public defender. His caseload has included a wide range of cases, including homicides and sexual assaults.

    The public fiduciary serves as a court-appointed guardian or conservator for vulnerable adults or people who are incapacitated to protect their legal rights and financial interests in probate court. The public fiduciary also acts as the estate administrator of deceased persons when no one else is willing or capable of serving in that capacity.

    The public fiduciary also serves people who are estranged from their families or are subject to abuse or undue influence; have serious mental or physical health issues; or have no place else to turn. Additionally, the public fiduciary also determines eligibility and provides cremation or burial for indigent persons.

    Cluck earned his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1999 and received his law degree from the University of Mississippi in 2002, when he was honored as the Outstanding Public Interest Law Student.

    “I am humbled to be appointed to this position and look forward to serving the citizens of Pima County who are in need,” Cluck said. “I have spent my entire legal career advocating for the poor, the less fortunate and those who have been ignored or victimized. I am eager to use that same zeal to advocate for the clients of the public fiduciary.”

    Cluck will report to Dean Brault, the director of Pima County’s Public Defense Services.

    “Justin Cluck will do an excellent job as the Pima County public fiduciary,” Brault said. “He has over 20 years of experience as a lawyer. Earlier in his career, he worked in a law firm that handled guardianships; wills and estates; social security; civil and commercial litigation; complex civil litigation; and personal-injury law. His practice often involved injured clients for whom he arranged services necessary for their care and well-being.”

    Cluck was chosen from a field of five candidates who applied for the position. 

    “The office of the public fiduciary has always been a shining example of good government in Pima County, and I plan to maintain and improve that legacy,” Cluck said. “My first priority is to serve the citizens of Pima County who have no one else ready or willing to help them in their times of greatest need.”