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City accepting municipal judge applications

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Any Roswell citizen interested in being considered as the community’s next municipal judge is encouraged to submit his or her application.

The applications must be submitted online through the city’s website and must include a cover letter, resume, and references. The application form can be found at roswell-nm.gov. Applications are due by May 4 at 5 p.m.

The applicants will be considered by Mayor Dennis Kintigh, whose responsibility it is to make a recommendation to the City Council regarding who should fill the position. The Council will vote to make the appointment of a judge after receiving the mayor’s recommendation.

Roswell city ordinance sets the qualifications for the municipal judge. The person serving in that position must be a registered voter living within the Roswell city limits, be a high school graduate or have obtained a certificate of equivalency (usually recognized as having passed the GED test), and be at least 25 years old prior to assuming the judge’s office. New municipal judges are required by the New Mexico Administrative Office of the Courts to participate in an orientation training. All municipal judges are required to attend annual training.

The person appointed to become municipal judge will take office following the May 31 retirement of current Municipal Judge Lou Mallion. Judge Mallion, who has served as municipal judge since January 2015, late last month announced his retirement effective at the end of May.

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The new appointed municipal judge will serve until March 2020, at which time he or she will have to win a public election in order to continue serving.