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Judge Henry A. Alaniz Retires

After more than a decade serving on the Metropolitan Court bench, Judge Henry A. Alaniz retired on December 31, 2021.

“It has been an honor to serve the citizens of Bernalillo County, and I will miss working alongside a group of highly-dedicated jurists here at Metro Court and statewide and with our hardworking staff,” said Judge Alaniz.

Judge Alaniz was appointed to the Criminal Division of the Metropolitan Court in March of 2011, where he oversaw misdemeanor and traffic cases and felony cases in the preliminary stages. He served as the court’s Chief Judge from 2014 to 2017, where he advocated tirelessly for equal funding for the judiciary to the state’s legislature and community groups, among other administrative duties.

In addition to serving in the leadership role with the court, Judge Alaniz has served on numerous committees, both statewide and internal. He presided over the court’s Homeless Court program in his time as Chief Judge and over the Community Veterans Court in recent years.

“Judge Alaniz is often the first person to arrive at the courthouse and is always first to volunteer for any task big or small. He has a wonderful reputation in the legal community, and I often hear that it is a pleasure to appear in his courtroom. Judge Alaniz’s wisdom and kindness will be missed by all who have had the pleasure of working with him,” said Chief Judge Maria I. Dominguez.

Prior to serving on the bench, Judge Alaniz worked in private practice for many years and also as a prosecutor in the Second Judicial District, and as a New Mexico Gaming Control Hearing Officer.

He was a former President of the State Bar of New Mexico and has served on Judicial Nominating Commissions. Judge Alaniz is currently a member of the New Mexico Board of Bar Examiners and serves as Co-Chair of the Character and Fitness Committee.

Active in his community, Judge Alaniz is a longstanding member of the Popejoy Foundation Board and is a part-time instructor at Central New Mexico Community College, where he teaches pre-license real estate courses.

From the small town of Roswell, New Mexico, Judge Alaniz received his bachelor’s degree from Eastern New Mexico University, his MBA from the UNM Anderson School of Management, and his law degree from the University of New Mexico in 1996.

The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Criminal Court Nominating Commission will convene at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 to interview eight applicants vying to fill the vacancy created by Judge Alaniz’s forthcoming retirement.