Judge Alan Kirk. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Judge Alan S. Kirk told the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning that he will seek a fifth term as Municipal Judge of Los Alamos County.
“I want to continue providing services to the community through the professional staff of the court that we have developed,” Kirk said. “This includes community service programs, probation programs and our extremely successful teen court program.”
Kirk moved to Los Alamos in 1958 and graduated from Los Alamos High School and Eastern New Mexico University. He brings 40 years of criminal justice experience to the bench, 37 of which have been in service to the residents of Los Alamos.
“It has been very important in my court to allow the citizens a fair and impartial opportunity for due process,” said Kirk, who is running unopposed.
Before being elected Municipal Court judge, Kirk served 10 years as Los Alamos Police Chief. He has a long history of commitment to providing support for local youth.
“I believe I have a very strong leadership role in the community and have been deeply involved in the development of youth advocacy programs and projects,” Kirk said.
He was involved in the development of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and has served as its chair since its inception in 2002. The program is recognized as a model for the state. Kirk also is heavily involved in the Los Alamos Teen Center and its new facility to be constructed in the Community Building.
He participated in the development of Leadership Los Alamos and is a past chairman. Kirk has a Supreme Court appointment to the State Technology Board where he has served for eight years. He also participates on the Chief Judges Council.
In May, Kirk will celebrate 40 years of marriage to his wife Pat. The couple has two children, son Alex and daughter Erin, who each graduated from Los Alamos High School and now attend the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
The Municipal Court of Los Alamos is one of 80 Municipal Courts in New Mexico. It is a court of limited jurisdiction, which hears cases involving municipal ordinance violations such as petty misdemeanors, DWIs/DUIs and traffic violations. The court is in the Justice Center at 2500 Trinity Dr., Ste., C in downtown Los Alamos.