Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court
The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court is the Judicial system of the metropolitan areas of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Bernalillo County, New Mexico. The metropolitan courthouse is located in Downtown Albuquerque.
The Metropolitan Court system was established in 1980, all judges are elected by eligible voters in Bernalillo County. Judges hold 4 year terms, in 19 divisions. There are no term limits in the court system and elections are partisan.
To be eligible for an office of the Metropolitan Court, a candidate must be a member of the New Mexico Bar and have practiced law in New Mexico for approximately three years.
|1||Victor E. Valdez||Democrat||2004|
|2||Kevin L. Fitzwater||Republican|
|4||Julie N. Altwies||Democrat||2006|
|5||Frank A. Sedillo||Democrat||2008|
|6||Maria I. Dominguez||Democrat||2008|
|7||Sandra J. Clinton||Republican||2006|
|8||John R. Duran||Republican||2013|
|9||Yvette K. Gonzales||Democrat||2010|
|10||Edward L. Benavidez||Democrat||2006|
|12||Daniel E. Ramczyk||Democrat|
|16||Sharon D. Walton||Republican|
|17||Henry A. Alaniz||Republican||2011|
|19||Linda S. Rogers||Democrat|
Metropolitan Detention Center
Persons being held for trial at the Metropolitan Court, or convicted of misdemeanors and serving sentences under 18 months, are incarcerated in the county jail facility, the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC), about 10 miles west of Albuquerque, on a rural mesa. The 500,000-square-foot (46,000 m2) campus employs around 500 staff, and houses over 2,000 inmates. Construction was completed in 2002, to replace the overcrowded, in-town county jail near the courthouse. It is the county’s largest public facility, and single greatest consumer of electricity, using, for example, 12,627,000 kilowatts in 2012, at a cost of $981,563. Use of solar power at the facility has increased, and as of January 2014, 20% of its power was provided by a 1-megawatt system of photovoltaic panels.
- Bassore, Kerry; Murnane, Mary (December 1, 2014). "The long and winding road ... to renewable energy: Persistence pays off for a county that wanted to use solar power to lower electricity bills at its largest public facility". Public Works. Washington DC: Hanley Wood. Retrieved March 21, 2015.