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Council Picks Novice For Deputy Mayor

Rio Rancho City Council chose newly elected Councilor Mark Scott as deputy mayor at their meeting last night.

It was Scott’s first council meeting.  He was elected as the District 4 councilor in a runoff election last week and sworn in as a councilor on Monday.


Not everyone on the council agreed with the choice.

Councilor Tamara Gutierrez nominated Councilor Patty Thomas who has represented District 2 since around 2000.

In her nomination, Gutierrez said the council needed a deputy mayor who had experience in city government and a flexible work schedule.

The deputy mayor fills in at functions and presides over council meetings when Mayor Tom Swisstack is unable to be present.


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Thomas is retired, other council members have full time jobs. Scott and Councilors Chuck Wilkins and Lonnie Clayton are new to the council.

No one seconded Gutierrez’ motion to nominate Thomas.

Wilkins then proposed Scott, saying the council needed a deputy mayor who was energetic and outgoing.

“We need someone to get this city excited,” Wilkins said.

There were no other nomination