Judge Purcell to retire, court seeking applicants

By QCS Staff

U.S. District Judge Ricky D. Purcell is slated to retire on July 1, and the process to find his replacement is under way, said Sandra Bauman, judicial selection coordinator for the nominating commission.
In the meantime, the Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court has been requested to seek a interim judge until another is appointed by Gov. Bill Richardson, according to the chief justice’s office.
For the permanent appointment, the chair of the Tenth Judicial District Nominating Commission solicits applications for this position from lawyers who meet the statutory qualifications in Article VI Section 14 of the New Mexico Statutes Annotated 1978. Applications may be obtained from the Judicial Selection website: http://lawschool.unm.edu/judsel/application.php, or emailed/faxed/mailed to applicants by calling Sandra Bauman at (505) 277-4700, according to a press release. All applicants are encouraged to fill out a new application as the application forms are update frequently. The deadline for applications has been set for June 11 at 5 p.m. Applications received after that date will not be considered.
The District Judicial Nominating Commission will meet at 9 a.m. July 5 at the Courthouse in Tucumcari to evaluate the applicants for this position. The meeting is open to the public.