New district attorney starts in southeastern New Mexico

LOVINGTON, N.M. (AP) – Southeastern New Mexico has a new district attorney.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports that veteran prosecutor Dianna Luce was sworn in last week as the top prosecutor for the Fifth Judicial District.

Luce will work out of Lea County and will oversee Chaves, Eddy and Lea counties.

Last month, Gov. Susana Martinez tapped Luce to replace retiring District Attorney Janetta Hicks, who recently had announced she was leaving office two years into her second four-year term for personal and financial reasons

The 50-year-old Luce served as a Lea County magistrate judge from 2004 to 2008, and has served as the chief deputy district attorney for the Fifth Judicial District since 2009. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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