The new district judge in Carlsbad will be a familiar face to those of you who have worked with the City of Carlsbad. On Dec. 11, Eileen Riordan was selected as the new district judge by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham to represent the Fifth Judicial District out of the Eddy County Courthouse. Riordan retired from the City of Carlsbad on Dec. 31, 2020, and has now assumed the responsibility as a district judge. We appreciate former Judge Raymond Romero’s service to this community. Numerous excellent local candidates expressed interest in this appointment.
Judge Riordan is highly qualified and will do a great job in her new position. She holds a J.D. from the University of New Mexico, class of 1990 and became City Attorney for the City of Carlsbad on Aug. 1, 1995.
While serving the City of Carlsbad, Riordan always provided ethical and thorough legal counsel to the City, and she was widely considered as one of the most knowledgeable City Attorneys in the entire state. She provided oversight to the City on a wide variety of issues, ranging from ordinances to municipal court cases and always did an excellent job. Riordan was also well-liked and respected by her co-workers at the City of Carlsbad and was an excellent mentor.
The City of Carlsbad legal department is also very fortunate to be served by Denise Madrid Boyea, who is an extremely well-qualified attorney who is doing an exceptional job for the City.
COVID Update: There were 25 new COVID-19 cases in Eddy County announced on Tuesday and three COVID-related deaths. On Monday, the state announced 44 positive COVID cases and one COVID-related death for Eddy County. Please continue to pray for all of the families impacted by this virus in so many ways, as well as for those economically impacted by all of the shutdowns.
Thanks again to Carlsbad pharmacist Danny Cross, who served on New Mexico task force’s to develop a plan for distributing COVID-19 vaccines across the state. Cross is the co-owner of Advanced Medication Systems and Southwest Pharmacy in Carlsbad, and he was able to offer a rural perspective to the discussion. Efforts are ongoing to move through the stages of New Mexico’s vaccination efforts, and the City of Carlsbad will help however we can.
Pharmacist Jack Volpato, who is partners with Cross, has been posting updates on social media about the vaccines he has received. Volpato received his second COVID vaccination on Tuesday and reports no adverse effects. We appreciate the continued updates.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway