Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 | 4:42 p.m.
After more than 20 years on the bench in the Clark County District Court’s family division, Presiding Judge Gloria Sanchez O’Malley has opted to make this term her last.
O’Malley formally announced her departure today. Since winning her seat in a contested 1993 race, O’Malley has been unopposed.
In 1997, she was the first woman appointed as presiding judge for the Family Court. She held that role until 1999 and was appointed again in 2009.
The presiding judge works with the Family Court administrator to help things run smoothly.
Whoever takes her seat won’t necessarily take the presiding judge position. Family Court judges vote on who will preside; the District Court chief judge accepts or rejects their decision.
“My career as a Family Court Judge has truly been a labor of love. I am extremely proud of the significant achievements that we have made during my service at the court,” O’Malley said in a statement. “Serving for more than 21 years as a Family Court Judge has been a rewarding experience and I have thoroughly enjoyed the pleasure of working with a dedicated group of judges and other professionals who have truly committed themselves to serving the community.”
O’Malley will stay on until her term ends in January 2015.