Las Cruces Judge Retires To Avoid Discipline

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Magistrate Court Judge Olivia Nevarez Garcia has agreed to retire at the end of the year.

A petition detailing the allegations against the 68-year-old Garcia was not immediately available. The Supreme Court order unsealed Monday says the first of three inquiries began in September 2010, and that the Judicial Standards Commission voted unanimously Nov. 4 to accept her retirement "in lieu of further disciplinary proceedings."

A Democrat, Garcia served 13 years as a probate judge and spent several years as the state chairwoman of the Probate Judge's Association. She was appointed magistrate judge in 2005 by then-Gov. Bill Richardson.

Garcia is married to New Mexico Higher Education Secretary Jose Z. Garcia.