On December 31, 2013 Sierra County Magistrate Court Judge Thomas G. Pestak formally declared his intent to retire after 20 years of service. With Governor Susana Martinez’ recent appointment of Elephant Butte Municipal Judge Alan Brown to serve as Interim Judge for the Magistrate Court, Judge Pestak’s retirement will officially become effective July 1. While he will be moving into a retirement phase, Judge Pestak confirmed he would continue to serve the court in a Pro-tem capacity, hearing cases in Sierra County and throughout the State when and where requested. Although previously announcing he would not be seeking re-election, Judge Pestak said his initial desire was to complete his present term, which would have ended on December 31 of this year. The Judge explained that as of the end of last year he was qualified to retire, but noted how a change in the State’s retirement….