Conchas sheriff's deputy now has place to stay

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By David Giuliani

The deputy sheriff assigned to the Conchas Dam area will get to live there after all because of a donation of a mobile home.

Earlier this month, the County Commission approved the lease of Conchas Fire Department property to allow American Legion Post 19 in Conchas Dam to place a mobile home for the deputy sheriff.

Last fall, the county terminated its housing agreement with Deputy Sheriff John Hartigan because officials said the costs of repairs to the previous county-owned mobile home were not affordable when compared to its value.

County officials have said the singlewide mobile home needed skirting and anchoring and other repairs to bring it up to code — all of which would cost an estimated $8,500.

They said the mobile home was worth only $3,000 to $5,000.

The termination of the lease didn’t sit well with residents in Conchas Dam, a community 75 miles southeast of Las Vegas.

They feared that Hartigan would have to move to nearby Tucumcari, which would increase response times. As such, they circulated a petition urging the county not to terminate the agreement.

Hartigan said last year that rentals weren’t available in Conchas Dam and that he would likely have to move to Tucumcari, a 45-minute drive from Conchas Dam.