The Pinetop-Lakeside Justice Court handles misdemeanor criminal cases, civil traffic, felony initial appearances and preliminary hearings, orders of protection/harassment, evictions, and civil matters of $10,000 or less. The Precinct Six Justice Court serves the communities of Pinetop-Lakeside, Wagon Wheel, Show Low Lake, Hondah, McNary, Whiteriver, Ft. Apache, and Cibeque.
Elected in 2000, Judge Widmaier is currently serving his fifth term as Justice of the Peace. Judge Widmaier grew up in Phoenix attending Bourgade High School. After graduation, he joined the United States Marine Corps. He graduated from Glendale Community College and Northern Arizona University in 1979 moving to Pinetop in 1980. In 1986 Widmaier was awarded a Rotary International Fellowship, as Ambassador of Good Will. He attended the University of Wales, Gwent C.H.E. graduating with a BTECH H.N.D. (M.A.) in Documentary Photography. In 1987 he returned to Pinetop-Lakeside where he opened a small business. He returned to school in 1989, finalizing a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix. He continued on in business while teaching as Associate Faculty at Northland Pioneer College. In 2011, he graduated from California Southern University Law School with a Master of Science in Law, Magna Cum Laude. He is a former Presiding L.J. Judge of Navajo County, past President of the Arizona Justice of the Peace Association for four years, Past President of the White Mountain Rotary Club, an active member of the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus. Judge Widmaier serves as a Mentor/Faculty member at the Arizona Judicial College and serves on several committees for the Arizona Supreme Court including, the Arizona Judicial Council.