Chad A. Roche, MBA
Clerk of the Superior Court in Pinal County
In just the past two years, Clerk of the Superior Court Chad A. Roche has spearheaded a cultural shift within the COSC from one of segmented knowledge “silos” to an open and collaborative environment that encourages accountability, continuous improvement, and responsiveness. Almost ninety employees have begun to experience the effects of implementing the private-sector time-tested business methodology of Lean Six Sigma (LSS), which Clerk Roche introduced to this department within the public sector. The tenets of LSS help to keep the COSC aware of the needs of the taxpayer, with an eye to fiscal prudence and transparency.
Clerk Roche’s military and business background have been instrumental in driving the agenda of operational improvement within the Office of the Clerk of the Superior Court in Pinal County.
The Clerk is a member of the AZ Supreme Court, Court Automation Coordinating Committee, National Association of County Recorders, Elections Officials & Clerks (NACRC), the Arizona Courts Association (ACA), and the National Association of Court Managers (NACM). At the 2013 ACA Conference, Clerk Roche will be a featured speaker on leadership and process improvement. Roche also serves as the Treasurer of the Arizona Association of Superior Court Clerks.
He is currently the Chairman of the newly-formed Arizona Association of Counties Veterans and Military Services Task Force. The Clerk leads a 10-person team, comprised of stakeholders and decision-makers across the state. Together, the Task Force is looking at the unique issues of how Arizona’s Counties interact with, and provide services for, both current military members and the veterans who have served us in the past. As a U.S. Navy veteran this appointment is especially meaningful.
Roche has earned a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a B.A. in Organizational Management both from Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa. He is currently an adjunct faculty member in the Business Division at Central Arizona College (CAC).
Born in Michigan and raised in Germany, Roche joined the U.S. Navy in 1997 and returned to college after serving his country. He served as a Tactical Air Controller (Operations Specialist 2nd Class) until 2001. During his time in the Navy, Roche held a NATO Secret Security clearance and the position of Secret Control Clerk. In this role Roche was responsible for all classified material onboard the USS John L. Hall (FFG-32).
Following his time in the military, Roche spent years in the business community honing his skills, culminating in a position as Business Development Manager for a Fortune 500 chemical company. In 2001, Roche and his family purchased their first home in what was to become San Tan Valley, in Pinal County, citing the small town atmosphere while being next door to a larger city. He currently resides there with his wife of 13 years, Jill, their three children, and two foster children. The Roche’s are currently licensed Foster Parents because they have always felt the need to serve their community and to take care of those less fortunate.