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Municipal Judge Mallion set to retire

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Roswell Municipal Judge Lou Mallion has announced he will retire May 31, bringing to a close to his career in public service that included many years in law enforcement and military service.

Judge Mallion became the local municipal judge in January 2015, when he was appointed following the resignation of the previous judge. He was then elected to a four-year term in March 2016. During his tenure as municipal judge, he has implemented several alternative sentencing programs designed to assist offenders in becoming more responsible citizens while still protecting local citizens.

“My wife, Kathy, and I have worked our entire lives in public service,” Judge Mallion said. “We want to take some time to enjoy ourselves and family. We want to help the community by joining some volunteer organizations.”

Prior to his time on the bench, Judge Mallion worked in law enforcement, first as a detective in the Greer Police Department in South Carolina before coming to New Mexico in 1982 and working as a detective/crime scene investigator in the Roswell Police Department. He spent 13-and-a-half years with RPD before working in the Special Investigations Division of the New Mexico State Police for a little more than 18 years. In total, he worked more than 35 years in law enforcement.

Earlier in life, he served nine years in the U.S. Marine Corps. Later during his law enforcement career, he also spent 15-and-a-half years in the U.S. Army Reserves/N.M. National Guard.

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Judge Mallion received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice/law enforcement administration from the University of South Carolina at Spartanburg.

“I’ve known Judge Mallion for over 25 years,” Roswell Mayor Dennis Kintigh said. “I can’t say enough and how much I appreciate his public service. I wish he would reconsider, but I understand his decision. He has done more than his share to serve this community. Judge Mallion is as rock solid as they come.”

The City Council will appoint a new municipal judge after receiving a recommendation from the mayor.

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