Village clerk resigns

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Magdalena Village Clerk/Treasurer Jeanie Johnston has resigned after being on the job for only about seven months.

Johnston came into the office before 8 a.m. Monday and turned into her resignation, according to sources at Village Hall. Johnston stated that she wished to pursue other employment.

Johnston's resignation was immediate, with no prior notice given, which took virtually everyone at Village Hall by surprise.

Trustee Richard Rumpf said he was "stunned."

"She was doing an excellent job for us, keeping up with what was going on in the village, and keeping us informed on things on the state level," Rumpf said. "I didn't see this coming."

Johnston took over the position after longtime clerk Rita Broaddus retired Oct. 1.

Mayor Diego Montoya said he has asked Broaddus to assist Deputy Clerk Carleen Gomez.

"Rita has been helping us out, and helping Carleen out, giving her a little refresher course, because Carleen hasn't worked with some of that stuff for a long time," Montoya said.

Johnston's action comes at a time when the Board of Trustees is in the process of fine-tuning and approving next year's budget. The 2014-2015 budget must be approved and submitted to the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration's Local Government Division before the end of May.

"The budget will be on the agenda for the next meeting," Montoya said. "I was looking at it (Monday). I had Rita look over it a little bit with myself, and it will be ready for approval by the board next Tuesday."

Immediately after Johnston's resignation, Montoya said he took action to find a replacement.

"We've actually been in contact with a few possible candidates for the position," Montoya said. "We've got it out to the Municipal League, so they're getting it into their newsletter."

Those wanting to be considered for the clerk/treasurer position should contact Village Hall, either in person at 108 N. Main St., or by telephone at 575-854-2261.

"Hopefully, before next week we'll be looking at a possible replacement," he said.

Prospective candidates will first be interviewed by Montoya. who in turn will present them to the Board of Trustees for its approval.

Besides the clerk/treasurer position, Magdalena is also advertising for two deputy marshals and a trash pickup operator.