CLOVIS -- Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced that he is stepping down from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office on March 1 of this year.
“After much prayer and consideration, I have made the decision to pursue new endeavors in the private sector,” said Chandler. “When I first became a prosecutor in 2002, my plan was to help make our community the safest place to live in all of New Mexico. I set numerous goals to achieve this plan, much of which now has been accomplished. I can honestly say I have been blessed to work with some of the finest law enforcement officers, victim advocates, and prosecutors in the entire State. It has been a tremendous honor to serve the citizens of the Ninth Judicial District of New Mexico for more than a decade now, and I am forever grateful to those that have helped me throughout my career as a prosecutor.”
On March 1st, Chandler will officially vacate his seat as District Attorney. “It is my goal to develop a smooth transition for my successor, and do all within my ability to ensure the office continues to serve the citizens, victims, and law enforcement officers in Curry and Roosevelt Counties in the highest regard.”
Chandler began his career as a prosecutor after graduating from law school in 2002, and was first elected and sworn in as the Ninth Judicial District Attorney in November of 2004.
In 2006 the New Mexico Bar Association honored Chandler as “New Mexico’s Law Enforcement Prosecutor of the Year”, and in 2012 the New Mexico District Attorney’s Association honored him as “New Mexico’s Prosecutor of the Year.”
Chandler’s future plans include opening a general law practice in Clovis, New Mexico that specializes in civil litigation, business and family law.