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By Debbie Israel


Commissioners Vote 3-1


Debbie Israel

Newly appointed Commissioner Sheri Rogers was sworn in at the meeting by Judge Carlton Gray, while Mayor Sally burbridge looks on

When Aztec City Commissioners met on June 13, they appointed Sheri Rogers to the seat that was vacated in May. Rogers originally held the position, but had to resign when she retired from San Juan County. PERA (Public Employees Retirement Association) rules required that Rogers resign in order to collect from her retirement account, but allowed her to be re-appointed to the position.

Rogers and Diana Mesch both interviewed with the four remaining commissioners after submitting their resumes and letters of intent. Commissioners voted 3-1 for Rogers, with Commissioner Katee McClure holding the only opposing vote.

Rogers was sworn in by Judge Carlton Gray after the vote, and took her seat behind the bench.

After the vote, commissioner McClure commented, "This was difficult and unique," as both applicants had previous experience as Aztec City Commissioners. She also felt that Mesch had done her homework saying, "She had read over the proposed budget, plans for the future, and she knew about the utility rate study. She had good answers in the interview and, in my opinion, her answers reflected the feelings of most of the people in Aztec."

Mayor Sally Burbridge said she felt that Rogers was originally elected to the position by the voters in the city, and that she should have the opportunity to finish out her term. She also said the decision was more difficult because both had experience as previous commissioners, but, "There were several topics, current issues, that I felt Diana wasn't quite as up to speed on."

Other business at the meeting included commissioners voting 4-0 to approve the "Intent to Adopt" an amendment to the city ordinance that will no longer require body art establishments to apply for a waiver from commissioners if their business is located within 300 feet of a church or school; and a change in the language of an ordinance pertaining to the Economic Development Advisory Board to allow an alternate member from qualifying entities to attend if the regular member is not available.


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