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 fifth 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 Chair of Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, a non-profit committee dedicated to raising awareness about marijuana’s harms and opposing legalization efforts.
Merilee Fowler has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Dakota. With over 20 years of administrative experience working in community collaboration in multiple states, Ms. Fowler currently serves as the Executive Director of two non-profit agencies, MATFORCE, the Yavapai County Substance Abuse Coalition, and Community Counts, an umbrella organization in Yavapai County that establishes and manages community programs that serve youth, individuals, and families. Under her leadership, MATFORCE was awarded the 2013 Coalition of the Year for the nation from the Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America.
Ms. Fowler is credentialed as a level 4 prevention specialist in Arizona. She was selected as the Kris Bell Recipient by Arizonans for Prevention for her work in prevention in the state of Arizona. She has been married for 32 years and has three children and two granddaughters.
Ms. Fowler is the Vice-Chair of Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, a non-profit committee dedicated to raising awareness about marijuana’s harms and opposing legalization efforts.