Los Alamos County Council appointed Anne Nobile Tuesday to complete the term of probate judge through Dec. 31.
The office was vacated when Bill McKerley resigned the position on May 20, after learning that he could not hold a leadership position with the Republican Party of Los Alamos while in office.
Nobile was one of the candidates who vied for the position when McKerley was appointed in January.
Vice Chair Susan O’Leary and Councilor Kristin Henderson joined the meeting by phone. Although her connection was lost later in the session, O’Leary was able to join six other councilors in voting for Nobile (candidate Abe Dispennette received one vote).
Nobile has served on the Planning and Zoning Commission for six years and two years on the Board of Adjustment.
Over the course of 22 years, she has also volunteered at Los Alamos Public Schools libraries, religion classes, Girl Scouts and with the Affordable Housing Program.
“The expectation must be that all visitors to the probate judge’s office receive excellent customer service and have their concerns addressed…Consideration should be given to the bereaved who are personally visiting our office, where being a friend maybe the highest calling.” Nobile said in her opening statement.