Judge Robert Carter Olson was born, raised and educated in Illinois, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree from Elmhurst College, a Juris Doctor Degree from Loyola University of Chicago, and holding a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant from the University of Illinois. In 1990, Olson joined the Pinal County Attorney's Office as a criminal prosecutor and served in various capacities until appointed as County Attorney by the Board of Supervisors in 1996. He was elected to that position later that same year and re-elected in 2000 and 2004, serving more than eleven years as County Attorney before his appointment to the Superior Court by Governor Janet Napolitano in 2007.
Olson is currently assigned to Civil and Probate cases, which well complements his public accounting background and continues his commitment to serving vulnerable populations, including children and incapacitated adults.
Olson was twice appointed by the Governor and twice confirmed by the Arizona Senate to the Board of Trustees (known as the “Fund Manager”) of the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System, a $7 billion pension system that covers all police, firefighters, elected officials, judges, correction officers and, most recently, Arizona’s probation officers. Olson currently serves as Chair of this pension system and is focusing on governance and investment practices, as well as shifting the investment policy toward a global perspective.
Judge Olson’s public and community involvement have included: Chair and Commissioner of the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission; Vice Chair and Councilmember of the Arizona Prosecuting Attorney’s Advisory Council; Treasurer of the Arizona Democratic Party; Board Member of the Arizona Auto Theft Task Force; and Board Member of the National District Attorneys Association. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his civic and professional activities. Judge Olson and his wife have three teenage children.
Pinal County Superior Court
P.O. Box 946
Florence, AZ 85132