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 for Arizona Supreme Court Justice Jack Hays, Ms. Polk served in the Arizona Attorney General’s Office for eleven years before moving to Yavapai County in 1994. Ms. Polk joined the County Attorney’s Office where she specialized in the prosecution of felony crimes, including elder abuse, sexual offenders and repeat felony 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.
Despite overseeing a staff of 90 employees, a budget of $8 million, and active prosecutions, Ms. Polk has found time to be at the forefront of change in the community. Ms. Polk is Co-Chair and founding member of MATFORCE, Chair of APAAC, the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys’ Advisory Council, and of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, and the driving stimulus behind the nationally renowned law enforcement course, What You Do Matters. In 2012, for her outstanding contributions to the State of Arizona, Ms. Polk was named the recipient of the prestigious Michael C. Cudahy Criminal Justice Award from the Arizona State Bar Association. In 2018, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum recognized Ms. Polk for her accomplishments at a national tribute dinner in Washington DC.