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Former police commander appointed as judge; Eric Brackeen will be sworn in on Thursday at Roswell’s Municipal Court

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Eric Brackeen smiles after his appointment as Roswell’s Municipal Court Judge was announced at a special City Council meeting on Thursday night. His wife, Lisa Brackeen, sits next to him. (Alison Penn Photo)

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Roswell Mayor Dennis Kintigh announced the appointment of a new municipal judge during a recent special City Council meeting.

Before the appointee was announced on Thursday evening, the council went into a 12-minute executive session in the mayor’s conference room relating to applications for the position.

After Juan Oropesa, mayor pro-tem and city councilor, stated for the record that the executive session had ended, Kintigh introduced Eric Brackeen as his appointee as the city of Roswell’s municipal court judge. Brackeen and his wife Lisa were present for the announcement.

According to a press release from Todd Wildermuth, the city’s public information officer, Kintigh reviewed the applications and conducted interviews before recommending Brackeen to the City Council.

Councilor Caleb Grant made the motion and it was seconded by Councilor Barry Foster to approve the nomination of Brackeen. Kintigh asked for a voice vote to approve Brackeen’s appointment to a term ending in March 2020. After this term, he will have to run in a public election to continue serving.

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The appointment was approved by a unanimous vote and was followed by a round of applause.

“As some of you may have known me from the past, I was a police officer here for a little over 20 years,” Brackeen said. “I retired at the beginning of 2015. I was a rank of commander when I retired — and since I’ve spent almost two and half years acting as alternate judge for Judge Lou Mallion, up until recently when he advised he was going to be taking a departure to continue camping and traveling the world.

“I appreciate the opportunity to be here tonight and appreciate your consideration.”

In regards to his history at the Roswell Police Department, the release stated Brackeen was commander of the Criminal Investigations Division and additionally served as commander of the patrol division and SWAT team.

Municipal Judge Lou Mallion announced his retirement on March 29 and his public service career will come to a close on May 31, according to the news release from Wildermuth. The release stated that Mallion became judge in 2015 when the previous judge announced his retirement and subsequently, he was elected to a four-year term in March 2016.

Brackeen will be sworn-in next Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Municipal Court at 420 N. Richardson Ave.

He said to be Roswell’s municipal judge was “an honor and privilege” and he said he enjoyed serving as alternate judge to Mallion, which convinced him to continue and was a deciding factor in submitting his application.

“It allows me to continue serving the city and the community that I have grown up in and worked in for pretty much all of my adult life,” he said. “I’m looking forward to continuing moving the court in a positive direction forward. Judge Mallion has done a great job and I want to continue what he’s started basically.”

City/RISD reporter Alison Penn can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or at reporter04@rdrnews.com.