Linda Rodgers appointed to judicial performance evaluation commission

Farmington City Councilor is the newest member of the commission

Hannah Grover
Farmington Daily Times
Linda Rodgers, left, and Jeanne Winchell admire the business of the year plaque awarded to Pesco, in January 2014, at the annual Farmington Chamber of Commerce dinner at the San Juan Country Club.

FARMINGTON — A Farmington City Councilor has been appointed to the New Mexico Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission.

Linda Rodgers joined the 15-member commission this month. The nonpartisan commission was established in 1997 by the New Mexico Supreme Court. It consists of seven attorneys and eight people who are not lawyers.

"We have a good mix of different backgrounds and different experiences," Rodgers said in a phone interview Wednesday. 

The commissioners are appointed by the New Mexico Supreme Court after being nominated by the governor, chief justice of the state Supreme Court, speaker of the state House of Representatives, state Senate president pro tempore, house minority leader or the president of the state bar association.

Rodgers said she went through a lengthy interview process over the weekend prior to being appointed to the commission. 

The commission's purposes are to improve judicial performance and provide information to voters about judges who are up for election. According to state law, judges must receive 57 percent voter approval to remain on the bench.

Linda Rodgers


Over the past decade, the commission has made recommendations to voters about whether or not to retain judges during the general elections.

The decisions are made by evaluating four criteria: fairness, communication skills, legal ability and how the judge manages the court room.

"I just think it's an honor to serve New Mexico and the citizens of New Mexico in this capacity," Rodgers said.

She said she is open minded and a good listener, which she feels will help her in her new role on the commission. In addition, Rodgers said she is not afraid to make the tough decisions.

While she is not a lawyer, Rodgers said she has always been interested in the field. When she graduated high school, she thought she would eventually go to law school.

Instead of pursuing a law degree, Rodgers took a job at First National Bank of Farmington. She currently works as the chief financial officer of PESCO Inc.

"Life took me in a different direction and I don't regret it," she said when reached by phone on Wednesday. 

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