Judge Kevin Fitzwater presided in the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court from 1997 until his retirement in 2015. Prior to taking the bench he was the Deputy District Attorney in charge of prosecutions in the Metropolitan Court. Judge Fitzwater started and presided over the first Behavioral Health Court in the state and one of the first in the nation. He earned is B.A. and J. D. degrees from the University of New Mexico and holds an MBA from National University in Sand Diego, CA. After serving 12 years of active duty and 18 more in the reserves, Judge Fitzwater retired from the Marine Corps at the rank of colonel. He is the ABA Judicial Outreach Liaison for New Mexico. Judge Fitzwater joined the staff of the National Judicial College in 2020.