Second Candidate Submits Letter of Interest for Los Alamos County Probate Judge Vacancy

Probate Judge candidate Sharon Marinuzzi. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

A second local attorney has submitted her Letter of Interest to fill the Probate Court Judge vacancy created with the resignation of Ellen Hong in June.

In her letter addressed to County Administrator Harry Burgess and the Los Alamos County Council, Sharon Marinuzzi said her educational background and professional experience render her an excellent candidate for this position, as does her desire to serve the community where she was both raised and continues to reside.

“I am a licensed attorney in the State of New Mexico with more than 20 years of experience in the field of law and administration,” Marinuzzi said. “I have previously served as an administrative law judge for the State of New Mexico and am knowledgeable in court procedures and protocols.”

She explained that although she has not formally practiced or specialized in probate law, she is familiar with New Mexico statutes and the forms that are relevant to the probate position. Moreover, Marinuzzi said that her educational background encompasses numerous related legal courses, including two recent classes on probate and estate administration.

“As a graduate of Leadership Los Alamos (2012), I look for opportunities to give back to the community where I was raised and where I have chosen to raise my family,” she said. “I have served in several volunteer positions including children’s soccer coach, Girl Scout parent and member of the Dance Art Los Alamos Board of Directors, as well as a contractor and advocate for the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board. I would like to expand my service in the community to reach a broader population and I feel the probate position would be an exceptional fit.”

Marinuzzi is a private contractor / part-time coordinator for the Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board. Her prior employment experience includes working as district manager and assistant general counsel for the New Mexico Department of Health as well as special agent / criminal investigator in the Tax Fraud Investigations Division of the New Mexico Department of Taxation and Revenue in Santa Fe.

She graduated from the University of New Mexico, School of Law in Albuquerque in 1989 and the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1986 with a B.A. in Law and Society – Criminal Justice.

The County Administrator’s Office confirmed this morning that Marinuzzi and attorney Christine Chandler, who submitted a letter of interest last week, are the only two candidates to submit letters of interest to fill the Probate Court Judge vacancy. The opportunity to submit letters ends at 5 p.m. Monday, July 29. The County Council is scheduled to hear the issue at its Aug. 13 meeting.

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