City Magistrate Diana Quezada
Diana Quezada has been a vital part of Tolleson City Government since 1976. In 1983, she was appointed to the City Magistrate position. In this role, she is charged with enforcing the laws of the city, county, and state, as well as presiding over approximately 2,500 pre-trial and trial misdemeanor cases per month, including traffic, criminal, DUI, juvenile, and city zoning violation offenses. She has the daily task of interpreting the laws in regard to each individual case, and using them as the backbone for appropriately sentencing offenders.
Judge Quezada administers a $365,000.00 yearly budget, and supervises a staff of four employees. In addition, she attends city council meetings to provide input on new laws, and changes to existing regulations.
She is passionate about helping the general public and defendants understand the city laws and consequences. Diana explains legal processes and procedures in an easy-to-understand manner to ensure that defendants and crime victims are not intimidated by the city court system.
Prior to her position as City Magistrate, she was the Court Clerk and additionally handled all water billing, payroll administration, and business license attainment functions.
She is involved in various community activities. Furthermore, she conducts presentations at Tolleson Elementary Schools, visiting classrooms to provide insight into her daily job functions, and to encourage children to reach their goals.
Continuing education is vital to her role as City Magistrate. She attends numerous yearly trainings on a variety of subjects through the Arizona Supreme Court, including new legislative updates, court security, and criminal, civil, and traffic laws. She attended the police academy training offered through Phoenix College and has studied criminal justice at Glendale Community College.