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Rio Rancho city councilor to step down

Rio Rancho City Councilor Dawnn Robinson is leaving her seat.

Robinson, who represents District 2, made the announcement at the Rio Rancho Governing Body meeting Wednesday night at City Hall. Her resignation will be effective March 13.

“It is with a bittersweet heart that I have notified the mayor and city council that I am vacating my seat on the governing body,” Robinson said in a news release Thursday. “My husband has just accepted a position at an engineering firm in Atlanta, Ga., and we will be making our new home there. Serving the residents of District 2 has been both an honor and a joy. But as we all know, family comes first.”

The 15-year resident of Rio Rancho was elected to her second term as city councilor in March 2018 and has served as deputy mayor since 2016.

“As I reflect on my time in office, I am most proud of the fact that local government has become more business-friendly, more road work is getting done, and there is increased transparency and citizen engagement,” Robinson said. “Additionally, taxes have remained low, the size of government in Rio Rancho has not grown, and public safety personnel compensation and equipment have been prioritized.”

At last week’s meeting, Mayor Gregg Hull commended Robinson for her work for District 2 and the whole city.

“Not looking forward to your last meeting, because we are going to miss you deeply,” he said.

Councilor Marlene Feuer said Robinson had been a great mentor, helping her with various issues when she returned to the governing body after initially serving in the mid-1980s.

“I will miss our friendship, as well,” Feuer told Robinson.

After Robinson steps down, the mayor will review applications and appoint a qualified person to take her place on the governing body within 45 days. The governing body must confirm the appointment for the person to take office.

That person will serve until the next municipal election in March 2020, when District 2 voters will elect someone to finish the remainder of what would have been Robinson’s term, ending in March 2022.