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Rogers looks to continue serving the community as magistrate judge

April 19, 2014 • Local News

Chaves County Magistrate Judge K.C. Rogers, division 1, a Republican, will face Bobby Arnett in the primary June 3. (Courtesy Photo)

Keith “K.C.” Rogers recognized at a young age that good people sometimes do bad things.

“That’s something I learned really fast in life, that there’s an awful lot of really good people that make bad decisions,” Rogers said. “It doesn’t make them bad. It just means their decision-making process wasn’t working at the time, or there’s something that causes them to make a decision they normally wouldn’t make.”

Rogers sits back inside a quiet courtroom now, as Division 1 Chaves County Magistrate Judge, after already experiencing a career in law enforcement and a starting a successful alternative sentencing program for offenders.

At 19 years old, Rogers clipped a gun to his belt and climbed into a New Mexico State Police patrol car. He talked about the time he was the officer on an open highway in the middle of nowhere, unknowingly stopping a suspected armed fugitive. And, he spoke about the years spent investigating drug crimes and criminal behavior.

“My training was designed to assist me in doing my job,” Rogers said. “I think it’s important that people know that my philosophy on things, my life goal is to be of service to people. That’s what I do.”

Rogers was appointed to the bench in August 2013 by Gov. Susana Martinez following the retirement of Judge Eugene De Los Santos. Before that, he was a hearings officer for the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy, where he heard cases regarding misconduct by law enforcement officers and reported findings to the state board. He was also president and founder of ASPEN of America and ASPEN New Login to read more

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