RDR: Tell us a little about your background. Where were you born and raised, your education, current and previous employment. Please include the names of any businesses you may own or have owned and any companies or government agencies you may have worked for.
ARNETT: I was born in Ruidoso and raised in Roswell. I graduated from Goddard High School and enrolled in Junior College at New Mexico Military Institute and graduated with an associate’s degree in criminal justice. After NMMI, I transferred to the University of New Mexico and majored in criminology. While at UNM, I worked part time at UPS and Yellow Freight to help pay my tuition. After moving back to Roswell, I took legal research and writing classes at ENMU-R and started working at Hunt Law, PC. I also have been actively managing my family business and have served as the vice president of Amy’s Fireworks since 1993. I bring a solid, conservative business background to the Court.
ROGERS: I was born and raised in the Dallas, Texas, area. I moved to New Mexico at 19 years old and joined the New Mexico State Police. I was one of the youngest officers in its history. I moved to Chaves County in 1982 as an undercover narcotics officer and I served in that position for approximately 16 years.
I ran narcotics for the State Police in Las Cruces for six months and returned to Chaves County as the head of Criminal Investigations for the State Police over Southeastern New Mexico. I am an expert in several fields of law enforcement as well as marijuana and methamphetamine. I taught Narcotics and Criminal Investigations, Search and Seizure, Civil Rights, Warrant Writing and Court Testimony to Law Enforcement over my career. I retired after 21 years and opened a company that developed alternative sentencing programs for the courts called ASPEN of New Mexico Inc. I developed the ASPEN “Second Chance Life Values Programs” that are taught in jail, juvenile detention and as an offender responsible program for persons not incarcerated. Over 44,000 people have attended this program and it has grown to span over three states. ASPEN also teaches programs for the NM Law Enforcement Academy and the NM State Police Academy.
I was a hearings officer for the Law Enforcement Academy. I am a certified Domestic Violence Victim Advocate. In August of 2013, I competed with Bobby Arnett for the position of Chaves County Magistrate Judge Division 1 and was appointed to the position over Mr. Arnett by Gov. Susana Martinez. I resigned from ASPEN after my appointment. I have been magistrate judge for eight months.
RDR: How would you make the court more efficient? What changes need to be done with staff and/or technology to make the system work better?
ROGERS: Having taught search and seizure to officers as well as probable cause (the level of proof needed to obtain an arrest or search warrant) I began approving warrants very soon after I was appointed. I recognized that although technology had changed, our process to obtain a warrant hadn’t changed sense I was a rookie officer in 1980. I researched the law and Supreme Court rulings and found that electronic signatures on warrants had been accepted by the courts for a Login to read more