Judge: Commission's performance evaluations impact retention | KOB 4
Advertisement

Judge: Commission's performance evaluations impact retention

The Associated Press
November 09, 2018 02:33 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An outgoing judge in New Mexico says a state-funded commission's unfavorable evaluation of his performance had a direct impact on voters' decision to oust him.

Advertisement

Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Chief Judge Edward Benavidez failed to garner the 57 percent of votes required to stay on the bench.

Benavidez says the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission "meddled in, interfered with and absolutely affected" his retention election.

He says he thinks it's inappropriate for a government agency to tell people how to vote and questioned why elected officials working in other branches of government aren't subjected to similar evaluations.

Of the four judges who received "do not retain" recommendations this year, Benavidez and Kenny Montoya failed to garner the required votes to stay on the bench, while Linda Rogers and Michelle Castillo Dowler kept their jobs by slim margins.

Commission spokeswoman Patti Watson could not comment on election outcomes, but says voters have followed the commission's recommendations fairly frequently in the past.

Montoya did not respond to a request for comment.

Credits

The Associated Press

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Advertisement
Comment on Facebook

Share 4 - News Tips - Photos - Videos
  Share a News Tip, Story Idea, Photo, Video



Advertisement

Relay Media Amp

Advertisement

Advertisement




Wanted 12-year-old located, taken into custody

Suspect arrested in multiple Albuquerque shootings

Pearce seeks to be head of NM Republican Party

Police investigate homicide in southeast Albuquerque

Albuquerque man pleads guilty to dog fighting charges