Former Rio Arriba County Sheriff Tommy Rodella, who has been incarcerated since his conviction on federal civil rights charges Sept. 26, signed a resignation letter to “The Citizens of Rio Arriba County” three days after the conviction, according to a copy of the letter obtained by the Journal.
It was unclear whether it was delivered to county officials. The County Commission was under the impression that Rodella hadn’t resigned when it appointed former deputy James Lujan as the new sheriff on Oct. 2.
District Attorney Angela “Spence” Pacheco, who went to court last week to seek an order declaring the sheriff’s position vacant so the commission could appoint a replacement for Rodella, said Wednesday that she dropped that effort after Lujan was appointed. She said she had heard about the existence of Rodella’s resignation letter Tuesday night from a county official.
Rodella’s letter to citizens said only that he was resigning and “Thank you for your continued support and prayers.”