|JUDGE HECTOR H. PINEDA
Born in the island of Puerto Rico on 24th December of 1942. Served in the United States Army with the 82nd Airborne Division, 101st Airborne Division, 1st Armored Division and the Army Special Forces. During his military career, he participated in numerous operations (real and training) in Europe, Middle East, Latin America and the United States. He received his GED certificate from the United States Armed Forces Institute in 1964. After serving six years with the military, Pineda returned to civilian status for a period of nine years. During that period of time, he attended the Catholic University in Puerto Rico for three years. He worked as a manager in several Puerto Rican businesses. In 1975, he returned to the United States Army where he received more than 5,000 hours of military leadership training. He graduated from the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy Fort Bliss, Texas in 1990. His last duty assignment was at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM. He served there for a period of three years as the Chief Instructor for the senior ROTC program.
Judge Pineda retired from the military in 1996 with 28 years of active duty service and the highest enlisted rank of sergeant major. He was appointed to the Roswell Municipal Court Bench by the city council in 1996 and was elected by the citizens of Roswell during the municipal elections of 1998. While serving as the Roswell Municipal Judge, he has attended over 500 hours of judiciary training and he was awarded a Certificate of Completion for the Special Jurisdiction Course in a two-week training at the National Judicial College at the University of Reno in Nevada. His academic preparation includes an Associate of Arts degree in management, a Bachelor of Science degree in government from Campbell University in Buois Creek, NC and a Master in Education degree from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, NM. He is an active member of several civic clubs, fraternities and groups in the Roswell community. He also belongs to the following task forces or committees; Chaves County Teen Court, Chaves County Domestic Violence Task Force, Chaves County DWI Planning Board, Juvenile Detention Education Committee, Coalition for Youth, Conquistador Boy Scouts Council, Hispanic Cultural Center, City Of Roswell Behavioral Health Committee, City of Roswell Juvenile Delinquency Task Force and the Sierra Blanca School for boys.