Las Vegas gets new interim attorney

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By David Giuliani

Longtime local attorney David Romero is the city’s new interim attorney, a job he has had before.

Last week, the City Council unanimously voted to approve Mayor Tony Marquez’s recommendation of Romero as the attorney. Romero has served as the city attorney in Las Vegas and other New Mexico towns, including Santa Rosa.

A couple of months ago, he criticized the draft of a new city charter, which is the constitution for the city government. He called for a charter that gives the mayor broad powers, rather than the limited ones proposed by the Charter Commission, a group of citizens appointed by city officials.

At last week’s council meeting, the council approved a charter that was essentially the one that Romero disliked. He said nothing during the discussion.

Romero said before the council meeting that he was there to ease the transition to a new mayor. Marquez isn’t running again and will be replaced by San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz, barring the rarity of a successful write-in candidate. The election is March 2.

Romero is replacing interim City Attorney Carlos Quiñones, who served a year and a half in that position before giving little more than a week’s notice that he was leaving. He pulled in well more than $100,000 a year.