Tatum named judge in 9th Judicial District

Freedom New Mexico

SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson has appointed Drew Tatum of Clovis to fill a vacant seat in the 9th Judicial District.

Tatum, whose principal office will be in Portales, replaces Judge Joe Parker, who resigned from the position for health reasons on July 31.

There are five district judges in the 9th District, which covers Curry and Roosevelt counties.

Attorneys Brian P. Brack and Fred Van Soelen were also nominated for the position.

Tatum, 35, is a partner with the law firm of Tatum & McDowell in Clovis. He also served as a deputy district attorney in the district and as a judge advocate in the U.S. Air Force.

He earned his law degree from the University of Tulsa.

“Drew Tatum comes highly recommended and is known for his excellent character and outstanding knowledge of law,” Richardson said.

“I am confident that Drew Tatum’s extensive experience in military and criminal law will serve the people of Curry and Roosevelt counties well.”

Tatum and his wife, attorney Christina Ann Tatum, live in Clovis.

Tatum’s appointment to the bench shall be until the 2008 General Election.