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Ruidoso fires village manager

Tim Dodge, now formervillage manager of Ruidoso, N.M., poses for a portrait in the town’s council chamber in a file photo from July, 13, 2020. (Anthony Jackson/ Albuquerque Journal)

Ruidoso’s Village Council unanimously voted to fire the village manager after he was accused of stalking a female employee over the past month, sparking a police investigation.

The council met at a special meeting Tuesday morning and voted 6-0 to fire Tim Dodge, according to a statement from Ruidoso Mayor Lynn Crawford.

“It is important that everyone understand that this decision was made at the conclusion of a third-party process that has been ongoing for the past month,” Crawford said in the statement.

A female employee filed a police report and restraining order against Dodge last month, accusing him of stalking her. Dodge had been on paid administrative leave since Dec. 2, according to the statement.

Dodge could not be reached for comment.

The council voted to name Deputy Village Manager Ron Sena as interim manager. Sena and Crawford will oversee village business until a permanent manager is selected, Crawford said in the statement.

Dodge was initially appointed as Ruidoso’s manager in 2019 by Crawford, according to the village’s website. He served as planning department director before that.

“It is not a decision that was taken lightly by either the Village Council or myself,” Crawford said in the release. “We have reviewed the results of the investigation and believe this is the best decision to keep Village business moving in a positive direction.”

 

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