Judge Tina Garcia is retiring at the end of December.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is accepting applications for a vacant magistrate position in Valencia County.

Valencia County Magistrate Tina R. Garcia is retiring Jan. 1.

New Mexico’s 54 magistrates are elected to four-year terms. Magistrates may perform marriages and handle cases such as landlord-tenant rights, traffic violations and preliminary felony hearings.

Magistrates also sign off on search and arrest warrants for law enforcement officers.

To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years of age, a high school graduate or the equivalent and reside in the district you will serve.

Those interested in applying can download an application from the Office of the Governor website, governor.state.nm.us/judicial-posts/, or request one via e-mail to vanessa.kennedy@state.nm.us.

Completed applications are due by Dec. 31 and should be sent via email to vanessa.kennedy@state.nm.us or delivered to the Office of the Governor, attention: Vanessa Kennedy, 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Ste. 400, Santa Fe, NM, 87501.

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