Governor made the appointment on April 2


FARMINGTON — The governor has selected a Farmington man to fill a District Judge position for the Eleventh Judicial District.

Curtis Gurley was appointed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to the Division 4 district judge seat for the 11th Judicial District on April 2, according to a press release from the Governor's office.

Former District Judge John Dean Jr. served 16 years on the bench before resigning on Feb. 19.

The Eleventh Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission selected Gurley on March 8 following an interview with the 15 commission members.

"I'm honored," Gurley said. "I'm ready to get to work as quick as I can."

Gurley has been practicing law for 30 years in the state and is a member of the New Mexico, Missouri and Colorado bars.

He works as the General Counsel for the Aztec Well family of companies and is the chair of the Disciplinary Board of the New Mexico Supreme Court.

Gurley has practiced law since 1989 after graduating from the University of Missouri School of Law with a Juris Doctorate degree.

He has aspired to become a judge since his early days practicing law.

"The best lawyers view the law as a true calling as well as a profession," Gurley wrote in a copy of his application for the position.

Gurley has served as the alternative municipal judge for the City of Farmington and as a Domestic Violence Commissioner for San Juan County.

One of the reasons Gurley said he sought the bench is his belief that the District Court is the face of the entire justice system.

A swearing-in ceremony has not been scheduled, according to Jodie Schwebel, the 11th Judicial District's deputy court executive officer.

Gurley is working on shutting down his 30-year-old practice and reassigning his work as General Counsel for Aztec Well.

"I have to close out a 30-year-old practice, that's not very easy to get done," Gurley said.

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at

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