ALICE M. SALCIDO SELECTED TO BE DOÑA ANA COUNTY PROBATE JUDGE

ALICE M. SALCIDO SELECTED TO BE DOÑA ANA COUNTY PROBATE JUDGE

At a special meeting Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2005, the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners selected Alice M. Salcido of Las Cruces to fill the vacant position of Doña Ana County Probate Judge.

Salcido fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Olivia Nevarez Garcia, who was appointed last month by Gov. Bill Richardson to a vacancy on the magistrate court bench. Under state statute, the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners was charged with selecting a new probate judge.

Salcido was one of nine applicants for the position, and one of eight who attended Tuesday’s special meeting to address the Board of County Commissioners.

Commission Chairman William J. McCamley thanked all the applicants and said that it appeared all of them carried sufficient credentials to fill the vacancy. When it came time to vote, however, Salcido was selected by a 4-1 margin on the first ballot. District 2 Commissioner Dolores Saldaña-Caviness voted for former Magistrate Judge Maria Rodriguez.

Salcido will assume the office immediately and will serve until Dec. 31, 2006. She will be eligible to run for election to the post for a four-year term.

Salcido, who is bilingual, holds a master’s degree in public health and a bachelor’s degree in business administration, both from New Mexico State University. She has extensive experience in administration and public service, including four years as chief deputy county treasurer in the mid-1960s. Most recently, she served as interim director of the New Mexico Department of Public Health’s Border Health Office. She also has 18 years of experience as district coordinator for U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, advising him on a wide range of border and health issues.

As probate judge, Salcido will earn an annual salary of $25,043.20. She will assist Doña Ana County residents with uncontested probate cases and she will be empowered to officiate at weddings.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 647-7229.