Governor's office accepting applications for magistrate judge seat as Barry Sharer retires

Hannah Grover
Farmington Daily Times

AZTEC — San Juan County Magistrate Judge Barry Sharer is retiring, and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is looking for people interested in taking his place on the bench.

Applicants have until July 17 to file their applications, which can be downloaded online at or requested by emailing

The applications can be returned by emailing or delivering them to the Office of the Governor, attention: Vanessa Kennedy, 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Ste. 400, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501.

Applications must include between two and five letters of recommendation, up to four references, a writing sample and a resume.

Sharer has served as magistrate judge since winning the election in 2008. Prior to running for magistrate judge, Sharer had retired from the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, where he worked as a deputy.

Magistrate judges must be at least 18 years old. Judges must also have graduated from high school or have a certificate of equivalency from a state department of public education.

In most parts of the state, judges much live in the district where they will serve. However, in San Juan County, judges can live in any part of the county.

In magistrate judge districts that have a population of more than 200,000 people, the judges must be members of the state bar and be licensed to practice law in New Mexico.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at

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