SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Santa Fe County’s top lawyer fill a state District Court vacancy created by Judge Sarah Singleton’s retirement.
The Republican governor’s appointment of County Attorney Gregory Shaffer, a Democrat, to the 1st District Court bench in Santa Fe is significant statewide because the district often hears cases involving state government.
Singleton remains a judge on a temporary basis. She hasn’t yet ruled on several cases, including a lawsuit over state funding for K-12 education.
Shaffer served as a senior lawyer for state agencies after previously working in the County Attorney’s Office. He rejoined the office in 2014 as county attorney.
A state commission nominated Shaffer and three others from among eight applicants.
Shaffer would have to run in for election next year to remain a judge.