Mora officials wanted sheriff to quit other job

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By David Giuliani

The Mora County Commission quietly took a stand against Sheriff Roy Cordova’s moonlighting earlier this month.

The commission had its attorney, John Grubesic, write a letter to the sheriff, who took a job in September as a sheriff’s deputy in Valencia County, which is 2 1/2 hours away from Mora.

Grubesic said the commission instructed Cordova to resign his Valencia County job.

Cordova kept his job in Mora, collecting his full paycheck while only working half the time. Cordova, whose term as sheriff ends Dec. 31, makes more than $40,000 a year in that job.

Cordova resigned a couple of weeks ago after he allegedly hit his Valencia County squad car along a guardrail. Afterward, he apparently refused to take a alcohol breath test.

Grubesic said the Mora County sheriff has a duty to serve the county’s citizens.

“Being a sheriff isn’t a part-time job. If you look closely at state statute, it says that the sheriff is on duty at all times,” he said, adding that the sheriff’s moonlighting put Cordova in the position of “not doing an adequate job for the citizens of Mora County.”

Grubesic said he hadn’t been asked by the commission to look into docking the sheriff’s pay while he had been a deputy in Valencia County.

Recently, County Commissioner Laudente Quintana said he believed it was wrong that Cordova was working a job in another county. The Optic hasn’t been able to reach the other two commissioners, Peter Martinez and Gene Maes, about the issue.

Cordova hasn’t returned repeated calls for comment.