2014: New Mexico Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission Announces Appointments of Three New Members

ALBUQUERQUE —The New Mexico Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission (JPEC) has announced the appointments of Caleb Chandler of Clovis; David Hunton of Portales; and Richard Reese of Albuquerque as new members.

JPEC was established by the Supreme Court of New Mexico in 1997 as a volunteer, nonpartisan commission to improve the performance of New Mexico’s judges while providing useful, credible information to voters on judges standing for retention elections.

Chandler serves on numerous boards and commissions, including the New Mexico DWI Grant Council, the New Mexico Canadian River Compact and the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority. Previously, Chandler served in the New Mexico Senate (1977-1989) and the Curry County Board of Commissioners (2009-2012).
He spent 24 years as a member of the Clovis Police Department, serving as Chief of Police for more than eight years. In addition, Chandler served as a magistrate judge for 12 years. He is a former member of the New Mexico Judicial Standards Commission.

Chandler earned his law enforcement certification from the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy and received advanced training in law enforcement at the National FBI Academy.

Hunton has worked in the insurance industry for more than 35 years and has a long history of service to the community. He founded Hunton Insurance in Portales in 1985, specializing in commercial and personal lines. In 2003, they expanded the agency to include a location in Roswell.

He currently serves as a member of the Eastern New Mexico University Alumni Board and the Roosevelt County Community Development Corps. He has also served as president of the Portales Lions Club, the Independent Insurance Agent of N.M. and is a former chair of Region IV Housing Authority.

Hunton earned his Bachelor in Business Administration degree from Eastern New Mexico University in 1979.

Reese was born and raised in Albuquerque. For the past 11 years, he and his wife have owned and operated Blue Ristra, Inc., a promotional product advertising specialties company.

Reese worked for various companies owned by the Robert O. Anderson family of Roswell for 20 years, serving in management positions in industries including oil and gas, restaurants, real estate and ranching. Reese has served on the board of directors of United Way of Chaves County, is a former director of the 

Albuquerque Rotary Club and a former member of the board of directors for the Foundation for Free Enterprise Education.
Reese earned a Master of Management degree from the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico in 1983 and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from New Mexico State University.

The New Mexico Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission is comprised of 15 individuals – seven lawyers and eight non-lawyers—who are appointed by the Supreme Court to staggered terms. Members are selected from nominations made by the Governor, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Speaker of the House, Senate President Pro Tempore, House Minority Leader, Senate Minority Leader and President of the State Bar.

For more information about the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission, interested individuals may call Louise Baca-Sena, Court Services Division Director, at (505) 827-4960, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the Commission’s website at www.nmjpec.org

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