Judge Roderick Kennedy will be sworn in tomorrow as the 21st Chief Judge of the New Mexico Court of Appeals.
Kennedy is replacing Chief Judge Celia Foy Castillo, who retired effective today.
A Republican, Kennedy first was appointed to the appeals court in 1999 by then Gov. Gary Johnson. Previously Kennedy served as an Albuquerque Metro Court judge for 11 years. He chaired Bernalillo County's DWI Planning Council where he helped lead the creation of a $2.5 million alcohol treatment center at the Bernalillo County Jail.
According to his biography on the Court of Appeals web site, Kennedy is internationally known for his expertise in the interface between law and science, and is a published author and lecturer on the subject.