Jeff Foster McElroy, currently Chief Judge of the district, took the bench in December 2012. A long-time New Mexico resident, Judge McElroy graduated with an undergraduate degree from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM in 1979 and completed law school at the University of New Mexico in 1982. He worked in the governor’s office under Toney Anaya and in the attorney general’s office for Paul Bardacke and Hal Stratton at the state capital. He also worked as a private civil attorney in Santa Fe. From 1988 until 2002 Judge McElroy lived in Los Angeles, CA working in private business and as a nonprofit manager. In 2003 Judge McElroy returned to New Mexico to work as a prosecutor. He was Deputy District Attorney for Taos County when he was elected to the bench in the fall of 2012. Judge McElroy is a single parent and has one son who is a recent graduate of Taos High School. His son is currently attending Carleton College in Minnesota.
Judge McElroy received his undergraduate degree from St. John's College and his law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1982.
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