Sheila Polk, County Attorney for Yavapai County, is a native Arizonan who received her Bachelor’s Degree and Law Degree from Arizona State University in Tempe. After clerking at the Arizona Supreme Court, Ms. Polk served in the Arizona Attorney General’s Office for eleven years before moving to Yavapai County in 1994. There, she joined the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office where she specialized in the prosecution of felony crimes, including elder abuse, sexual offenses and violent offenders.
In November of 2000, Ms. Polk became the first woman to be elected to the position of Yavapai County Attorney, and is currently serving her fourth term in that position. In addition to overseeing a staff of 90 employees, a budget of approximately $7 million, and active prosecutions, Ms. Polk has found time to be at the forefront of change in the community. She is Chair of APAAC, the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys Advisory Council, past president of the Arizona County Attorneys and Sheriffs Association, and the driving stimulus behind the nationally renowned law enforcement course, What You Do Matters. In 2011, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum recognized Ms. Polk for her accomplishments at a national tribute dinner in Phoenix.
Ms. Polk is Co-Chair and founding member of MATFORCE, the Yavapai County substance abuse coalition, awarded the 2013 Outstanding Coalition of the Year by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America. In 2012, for her outstanding contributions to the State of Arizona, Ms. Polk received the prestigious Michael C. Cudahy Criminal Justice Award from the Arizona State Bar Association.
Ms. Polk is the Vice-Chair of Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, a political action committee dedicated to raising awareness about marijuana’s harms and opposing legalization efforts.