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Alan Kirk has been dispensing justice for nearly 40 years in Los Alamos County and he’s not planning on going anywhere.
Kirk, Los Alamos County’s Municipal Court judge, will be seeking his fifth term at the post, he announced Thursday.
“Through being Municipal Court judge, I’ve worked to ensure the citizens of Los Alamos impartial access to being heard and get due process in their hearings.”
Kirk, a Republican, was first voted into the post in 1998. In that election, he defeated Democrat Bernadette Chavira-Merriman by a slim margin — approximately 100 votes — for the seat vacated by George Chandler that year.
Since that initial close call, Kirk has run opposed in subsequent elections.
Along with overseeing the court, Kirk also said he’s proud of the fact that he’s been able to contribute to several other facets of county life, including overseeing Teen Court and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, which he has been involved with since its inception in 2002.
From their experience with Teen Court, several local youth have been inspired to learn more about the law and have even gone on to attend law school.
Kirk said he’s also been able to oversee probation and community service programs that have been successful during his terms as judge.
For his fifth term, he would like to continue his work with the youth of the community along with his adjudication duties.
“Something I want to see to its fruition is the Teen Center,” Kirk said. “Hopefully that will be completed in the next few years.”
Currently, Kirk serves on the state’s judicial Information Technology Committee, which advises state officials on computers and equipment that is needed in courtrooms across New Mexico.
In the technology realm, Kirk said he’d like to see a way for residents to be able to pay fines and traffic tickets without going to court to do so.
Kirk was also a longtime basketball coach at Los Alamos High School. He coached his son, Alex, for four seasons at LAHS and Alex now plays for the University of New Mexico. His daughter, Erin, was a three-sport standout athlete before graduating in May.
Kirk and his wife Pat will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary later this year.