Two apply for judge’s seat

By QCS Staff

Two applications from Tucumcari for the judicial vacancy in the 10th Judicial District Court have been submitted. They are local attorney, Albert J. Mitchell, Jr. and Donald C. Schutte, of the Quay County District Attorney’s office, according to a press release from the 10th Judicial District Nominating Commission.

Current Judge Ricky Purcell announced that he will retire June 30.

Retired Judge Jay Harris of Las Vegas, N.M., has been named as Judge Pro-tem until a selection has been made.

In addition, four Quay County residents have been named to the Nominating Commission for the judge’s seat. The commission recommends names to Gov. Bill Richardson, who then makes the selection.

Residents of Quay County who have been named to the commission are Ron Wilmot, chair of the Quay County Democrats, Nancy English, an attorney, and businessman Grant Morper, all of Tucumcari, and Warren Frost, an attorney from Logan.

Other members of the commission are Suellyn Scarnecchia, chair of the commission and dean, University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, Chief Justice Edward L. Chávez , Chief Judge Jonathan B. Sutin and Judge Jay Harris, of Las Vegas.

According to the guidelines for selection, three persons who are not lawyers are to be on the commission. They are named by the governor, the speaker of the house, and the president pro-tem of the senate.

Additional members will be named to the nominating commission, according to guidelines for the nominating commission.