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Governor Fills 3 Vacancies In Metro Court

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New Mexico’s busiest court has three new faces.

Gov. Susana Martinez has filled three vacancies at Metropolitan Court, naming Peggy Ann Holguin and Jason Greenlee, both prosecutors in Bernalillo County, and Michelle Castillo Dowler, who works in the Bernalillo County attorney’s office.

The three will work as criminal judges, primarily handling domestic violence, DWI and other misdemeanor criminal cases, as well as traffic cases and first appearances for felony defendants.

The vacancies were the result of the November elections, when Briana Zamora, Christina Argyres and Benjamin Chavez were elected to the state District Court bench.

Holguin replaces Zamora in Metro Court’s Division 14, Dowler takes Chavez’s old seat in Division 13, and Greenlee fills the vacancy left by Argyres in Division 15.

Greenlee, of Albuquerque, is leaving the District Attorney’s Office, where he has worked as a prosecutor at Metro Court, according to a news release from Martinez’s office. He previously worked in private practice after receiving a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Northern Arizona University and a juris doctorate from the University of Minnesota Law School.

Holguin, also of Albuquerque, received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a law degree from the University of New Mexico, according to the governor’s office. She then served 10 years as executive director of the New Mexico Judicial Standards Commission before working as a deputy DA in Bernalillo County.

Dowler, of Albuquerque, graduated from the UNM Law School, then worked at the school as an adjunct professor and prosecuted criminal cases in Bernalillo County for 14 years before going to work for the County Attorney’s Office.
— This article appeared on page C1 of the Albuquerque Journal

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