Navajo County Superior Courts
Hon. Michala Ruechel
The Honorable Judge
Michala Ruechel was born on November 30, 1961, in Portales, New Mexico. Michala’s
family moved to Tuba City when she was three years old, where she graduated from
High School. She then obtained her law degree in 1985 from Arizona State University,
and moved to Navajo County.
In 1993, she became the Commissioner for the Superior Court’s Child Support Division
and served as a Superior Court Judge Pro Tempore until 2006 when was appointed as
Navajo County Superior Court Judge for Division IV by Governor Janet Napolitano.
In November, 2008, Judge Ruechel was elected by the citizens of Navajo County to
continue her service on the Superior Court Bench in Division IV.
Currently residing in Holbrook, Arizona. Married to Joel Ruechel, they have three
Judicial Assistant – Glenda Walters
Top of Page