The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that the commission interviewed 4 Carlsbad attorneys who are looking to replace J. Richard Brown on the bench.
Denise Madrid Boyea, Janet Ellis, Jay Lynn Francis and Raymond Romero interviewed for the position.
Those interviews -- which were open to the public -- took place at the Eddy County Courthouse Tuesday.
Brown retired in December 2012 and moved to New Zealand.
Brown's wife -- physician Caryn McHarney Brown -- recently accepted a job in New Zealand.
The commission will now give a list of recommended candidates to New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez.
Martinez will then appoint the new judge.