Los Alamos County Probate Judge Vacancy: Council Calls For Letters Of Interest

Christine Chandler was appointed Los Alamos County Probate Judge in August 2013. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


Los Alamos County Councilors responded during last night’s meeting to the resignation of Probate Judge Christine Chandler.

Chandler wrote in a letter dated Dec. 30 to then-Council Chair Kristin Henderson that her resignation will be effective Feb. 20, 2016. Chandler was appointed to the position in 2013 and ran for re-election successfully in the general election in November 2014.

Chandler cited “other current and prospective commitments” in her letter as the reason for her resignation. In her letter, she praised the working relationship she had with County Clerk Sharon Stover and her staff, as well as other County employees.

The Council is responsible for filling the vacancy left by Chandler’s resignation. Based upon their approach used in 2009 and again in 2013, when they were asked to appoint a Probate Judge after a vacancy arose, they asked the County Manager last night to advertise for letters of interest to be submitted to the Council for consideration. The successful applicant would fill the unexpired term, which began in 2014 and expires in 2018.

Consideration and appointment of a new Probate Judge has been placed on the Council’s Feb. 16 Council meeting agenda (6 p.m. in Council Chambers). A call for letters of interest is now open and letters are due to the County Manager no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5. Interested applicants are asked to submit a one or two page letter indicating why they would be interested in serving as Probate Judge. Under State law, any qualified person over the age of 18 who is a resident of Los Alamos County may serve.

Letters of interest should be mailed or hand-delivered to County Manager Harry Burgess, Los Alamos County Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave., Suite 350, Los Alamos, NM 87544 by the deadline. Candidates who submit a letter will be expected to attend the Feb. 16 Council meeting to respond to questions from the Council about their letter and qualifications.

For more information about the duties of the Probate Judge or responsibilities of Probate Court, visit http://www.losalamosnm.us/clerk/Pages/ProbateCourt.aspx.