Committee to vet seven for state district court judge

By John Miller
jmiller@taosnews.com
Posted 10/19/19

Seven people have applied to succeed state District Court Chief Judge Jeff McElroy when he retires on Oct. 31.

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Committee to vet seven for state district court judge

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Seven people have applied to succeed Eighth Judicial District Court Chief Judge Jeff McElroy in Taos, who will retire on Oct. 31.

The applicants who submitted their names for consideration are Tim Hasson, deputy district attorney with the Eighth Judicial District Attorney's Office; Jeff Shannon, a Taos Magistrate Court Judge; former Town of Taos Attorney Floyd Lopez; Santa Fe attorney Morgan Wood; Elizabeth Musselman, a local Taos attorney specializing in family law; Lisa Jenkins of Jenkins Law Office based in Tularosa; and Elizabeth Travis, deputy general counsel for the New Mexico Department of Transportation.

A nominating commission will convene at the District Courthouse on Albright Street on Friday (Nov. 1) to evaluate the seven applicants. The meeting is open to the public. Those wishing to make public comments are asked to be present at the start of the meeting.

Based on its evaluations, the commission will make a recommendation to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who is expected to appoint a candidate to fill the judicial vacancy before the end of the year.

Following McElroy's retirement Oct. 31, Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Emilio Chavez will become chief judge of the district courthouse in Taos.

A retirement ceremony will be held for Judge McElroy on Friday (Oct. 25) at 3 p.m. at the courthouse. It is open to the public.

For more on Judge McElroy's retirement, including a Q&A about his time at the bench, see the Oct. 24 edition of the Taos News.

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