Socorro Residents Call for Mayor Pro-Tem to Resign
POSTED: Friday, July 22, 2011 - 5:26am
UPDATED: Friday, July 22, 2011 - 8:07am
SOCORRO - The political saga in Socorro continues as some residents are calling for the mayor pro-tem to step down.
A Socorro councilman quit after getting caught in a drug sting. Then voters recalled the city's mayor. Now, Mayor Pro-Tem Jesse Gandara Jr. is under fire .
A group appeared before the city council during Thursday's meeting and demanded his resignation. The group says it wants Gandara out of office for several reasons, including an investigation into the way he handled a sexual harrassment claim involving a Socorro police sergeant.
Ralph Duran is leading the recall attempt and said "He asked for the previous Mayor to resign because he was under investigation. He needs to take his own medicine. He needs to resign too. Until he proves himself innocent, or he's found guilty."
El Paso county leaders said Gandara is not the subject of any investigation. During Thursday's meeting, Gandara denied wrongdoing and refused to step down.
"I understand there's axes to grind. I get it. But it is reprehensible. It is disgusting to read that article in the paper today and to see that they would make such accusations against me" Gandara said.
Former mayor Willie Gandara Sr. watched the meeting from the back row.
We'll continue to follow this story.