The San Miguel County Commission this week approved a request to sell a mobile home at public auction, referring to the trailer as excess property.
Left unsaid at the county meeting was that the decision would mean that a sheriff’s deputy in Conchas was being thrown out of his home.
The county informed Deputy John Hartigan a couple of months ago that it was terminating its housing agreement with him and that he needed to leave by Nov. 30.
The county entered the pact with the deputy because it’s so hard to find housing in Conchas, where county officials have assigned a deputy for years.
The closest place for Hartigan to live would be Tucumcari, a 45-minute drive from Conchas. That would leave less protection for the southeastern part of the county, residents there say.
County officials have said the mobile home needs more than $8,000 in repairs to bring it up to code — for instance, skirting and anchoring.
Conchas residents had been collecting signatures for a petition to convince the county not to sell the mobile home, and they were even trying to get enough private donations to fix the trailer.
Commissioner Kenny Medina, who represents Conchas, joined the others in declaring the home excess property.
“We couldn’t see spending on a mobile home that wasn’t skirted,” he said. “He (Hartigan) was there for five years, and it was never skirted. It’s better we get rid of it.”
After the meeting, Undersheriff Joe Robert Urban said he understood that Hartigan was staying temporarily in Army Corps of Engineers housing. “I don’t know how long that’s for,” he said.
Asked for the Sheriff’s Department’s opinion on the commission’s decision, Urban declined to comment.
Urban said the trailer caught on fire a month ago.