New Metro Chief Judge appointed | KOB 4

New Metro Chief Judge appointed

Patrick Hayes
December 01, 2018 09:22 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The state’s busiest court has a new chief judge.


Judge Sandra Engel has been working in public service for decades and wants to use her experience to lower crime rates in New Mexico.

"This has just become my home. I care a lot about it. I've worked with so many issues here. I think I'm well versed in what I face and what could come up," Judge Engel said.

Starting on Jan. 1, Judge Engel will oversee the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court and its daily operations which include personnel and the budget.

The court currently has around 330 employees and handles about 3,000 to 4,000 cases a day.

Engel said one of the things she wants to focus on more is community outreach.

"When we get out there and talk to the citizens and let them know what we do, how we do it. What services they can access here. How we can serve them the best way,” Engel told KOB. “I think when we can do that it just helps build relationships with the community."

Engels appointment will last until April 2020.


Patrick Hayes

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