Keith Graham appointed municipal judge

By Gabriel Weinstein<br />Staff writer

By Gabriel Weinstein<br />Staff writer

CIMARRON—Keith F. Graham’s wealth of legal experience made it hard for Mayor Judy LeDoux to ignore his application for Cimarron Municipal Judge.

“Keith was very, very awesome,” LeDoux said. “He had great qualifications.” 

Graham spent  over two decades as a Navy Judge Advocate and prosecuted over 1,500 cases for the federal government. He also spent 25 years as lawyer for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California, a nuclear weapons research site.  Cimarron Village Council unanimously approved LeDoux’s recommendation to appointment Graham as municipal judge at a special meeting Wednesday (May 7). Graham replaces Ralph Coulter who resigned April 30 after 12 years on the job. Eloy Brazil and Dolores Sanchez were the other candidates to apply for the position.

Graham brings to the bench a strong working knowledge of Cimarron’s ordinances. He was part of a study group that reviewed the village’s ordinances for village council in 2010. Through his friendship with Coulter, Graham said he developed an interest in the position.

“When Judge Coulter, whom I consider a good friend and excellent judge, decided to retire in the middle of his term at the end of April, I felt it was the right time to express my interest in the position,” Graham said in an e-mailed statement to the Chronicle. “I am looking forward to working with the Village, the citizens of Cimarron, the courthouse staff, and retaining Judge Coulter as a mentor and guide.”