Bosque Farms

The Bosque Farms Village Council may appoint a new municipal court judge at a special meeting scheduled for Monday night.

Anthony Fuller was elected by the voters of Bosque Farms two years ago and had two more years left on the bench. Last week, Fuller resigned his position, leaving the post vacant.

Fuller reportedly gave his letter of resignation to the village on April 19. The letter doesn’t specify his reasons for leaving the elected office, but it did say his resignation was effective immediately.

“He (Fuller) had been absent from the bench for about a couple of months,” said Bosque Farms Mayor Roger Baldwin. “He left the bench for personal reasons.”

Fuller couldn’t be reached for comment regarding his reasons for resigning.

“I just wish Judge Fuller the best in whatever avenue he takes,” Baldwin said. “I think he’s a really good guy, and he tried hard to do what was best. I’m sure we will all miss him.”

David Patterson, who held the office prior to Fuller, has been the acting municipal judge for about two months. He was appointed temporary municipal judge on February 11.

Baldwin said he will recommend Patterson’s appointment as judge to the council on Monday, April 29. A special meeting has been set for 8:30 a.m. at village hall.

“I am very grateful that the council had appointed me (as temporary judge) this time because I think they have confidence in me,” Patterson said. “If the council requests me to continue serving the Village of Bosque Farms, I will do whatever needs to be done. I look at this as community service and because I’m in support of my community.”

The council must approve the mayor’s recommendation before a new judge is sworn into office. The new judge will hold the office for two years, until the next regular village election.

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Clara Garcia is the editor and publisher of the Valencia County News-Bulletin, as well as the executive editor of El Defensor Chieftain, the News-Bulletin's sister paper in Socorro.
Clara is a native of the city of Belen, beginning her journalism career at the News-Bulletin in 1998 as the crime and courts reporter. During her time at the paper, Clara has won numerous awards for her writing, photography and typography and design both from the National Newspaper Association and the New Mexico Press Association.