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Call to fill local probate judge vacancy nets three takers

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By Carol A. Clark

The window of opportunity closed at 5 p.m. Friday to submit letters of interest to fill the probate judge vacancy in Los Alamos County.

Three residents with varying degrees of experience applied to replace Janet Foster who resigned following her Sept. 27 appointment by county council to serve as county clerk.

Foster fills the vacancy left by longtime County Clerk Mary Pat Kraemer who resigned Aug. 31 due to retirement pension issues.

As probate judge, Foster already worked in the County Clerk’s Office and had served as the deputy county clerk for three years.

Council members Tuesday evening are scheduled to appoint one of the following applicants to serve out the remainder of Foster’s four-year term, which ends Dec. 31, 2010:

  • Y. Ellen Hong has lived in Los Alamos County for 33 years. She is a CPA has served as treasurer on a number of civic boards including United Way, the Council on Cancer and Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
  • Barbara Yarnell is a lifelong resident. She is an instructor at UNM-Los Alamos where she teaches a variety of art programs.
  • Ralph Damiani has lived in Los Alamos County for some five years. Formerly of the Monitor, Damiani is unemployed. He serves on the United Way and Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve boards.

 The successful applicant will earn $3,505 per year.

 Read the full story in Tuesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.