Aztec commission to select new commissioner

Candidates must be registered voters living inside city limits. Interested parties must submit a letter of interest and a resume.

Hannah Grover,
Aztec City Commission accepted Sheri Rogers' resignation Tuesday during a meeting at City Hall.

AZTEC — Aztec City Commission has accepted the resignation of Commissioner Sheri Rogers and voted in favor of accepting applicants and interviewing candidates to fill the position rather than spending money on a special election.

The commission chose to interview candidates rather than hold a special election due to the cost and the amount of time left in her term. Rogers' commission seat will be open for the March election.

Rogers attended her last commission meeting in her current term Tuesday night. She was elected in 2014 to a four year term. Mayor Sally Burbridge said if the resignation had occurred earlier in Rogers' term she would have favored a special election. 

Rogers was required to resign when she retired from her county job at the police and fire dispatch center because she had not abstained from Public Employees Retirement Association benefits during the first two years of her term. Rogers had said she plans to run for the seat again and more recently said she will put in her application to be appointed to serve the rest of her term.

During the meeting Tuesday night, Rogers said she has enjoyed serving on the commission and regretted having to resign.

Aztec City Commissioner Sheri Rogers says she first ran for office because she was concerned the city might eliminate its municipal police force.

"It has been so much more than I ever expected it to be," she said.

Candidates for her position must submit a letter of interest and a resume. They must also live inside the city limits and be registered voters. 

City Commission members will decide the interview process and when the deadline is for applications during their next regular meeting. The city hopes to have the position filled this summer.

Burbridge, who was on the commission the last time the city had a vacant commission seat, said the interview process will be open to the public. She said this will allow the public to learn about the candidates and city government.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.