Correction: Thomas Lilley will be sworn in as Division II Judge for the Fifth Judicial District on Friday, June 21 at 3 p.m. on the second floor of the Chaves County Courthouse. The ceremony will also include some featured speakers and a reception. A story in the print edition of the June 13 Roswell Daily Record incorrectly listed the date of the event. The online version of the story has been changed to reflect the correct date.
Months after he was picked by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to fill a vacancy on the Fifth Judicial District Court, Thomas Lilley will be officially sworn in June 21.
Lilley confirmed Wednesday he will be sworn in as the next Fifth Judicial District Court Division 2 Judge June 21 at 3 p.m. on the second floor of the Chaves County Courthouse.
The ceremony is open to the public and includes a few featured speakers to address the crowd. Lilley also said appetizers will be served in the courtroom rotunda.
“I am excited, I’ve been looking forward to this,” Lilley said.
He was selected by Lujan Grisham in April to occupy the seat that became vacant in February with the retirement of Judge Fredrick Romero. Lilley, a Democrat, will have to campaign in 2020 if he wants to remain on the bench, something he has said he intends to do.
Lilley, 61, is a Roswell native. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in government from New Mexico State University and a law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law. He is married to Cathy Lilley and has seven children.
For decades, Lilley has had a private practice in Roswell. He said Wednesday that he has closed down his practice on Main Street, something he has mixed emotions about.
“It’s bittersweet. I have been doing this for 36 years, but I am definitely looking forward to a new and different type of public service,” Lilley said.
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