BOSQUE FARMS — It was a brief and somewhat tumultuous ride for the newest village of Bosque Farms clerk/administrator.  

Nine months after taking the position, Vernon Abeita has tendered his resignation as the village’s top administrator. 

“I feel, at this time, it is in the best interest for myself and my family that I resign my appointed position …” Abeita wrote in his letter of resignation addressed to Bosque Farms Mayor Pro Tem Ronita Wood on Wednesday, March 13. 

“Best wishes to you, the village council, and the true hard working employees of Bosque Farms,” Abeita wrote. “May you find the courage and strength to move your community forward and stay true to the Bosque Farms motto, ‘Preserving Rural America.’ I will miss the good working relationships I have made along the way and the friendships I have made in the community.” 

Abeita’s last day with the village is Friday, March 22. 

After his departure, Abeita said Assistant Clerk Julie Gabaldon will take on the day-to-day duties of the clerk, although she does wear the full-time hat of village utilities billing department.  

He said he expects Yvonne Maes, the village treasurer, will also help with the function of the office. 

“When I came in here, I wanted to make sure people knew what I did here in this office because I think when Gayle (Jones) left, she knew everything that happened in this office, and when she left, nobody knew anything,” Abeita said. “That made it a little difficult for this village to move forward.” 

Jones retired from the village in 2022 after 17 years as its clerk/administrator. She was replaced by Melissa Velasquez, who left shortly before Abeita was hired in June 2023. The village contracted with Jones to help get both Velasquez and Abeita get up to speed on the ins and outs of the job, something Abeita said was extremely helpful. 

“I’ve learned a ton from (Jones) in this position and I made sure information was shared with other members of the staff, such as Yvonne,” he said. “It’s better for other people to know this position well.” 

Some projects Abeita was able to see to completion while he was with the village include the sewer line extension project near the intersection of Cole and Green roads, the culvert replacement on the Otero Lateral and a start on the Cottonwood Lateral culvert.  

That project will most likely be completed by next fall since the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District had to begin running water this year before it was done. 

Repaving projects on the West Bosque Loop and Esperanza Drive are going out to bid, and the Esperanza project is slated to begin in May, after school lets out for the year.  

“It would be awesome to see it completed and finished but I won’t be able to,” he said. 

When asked what he would count as accomplishments during his tenure, Abeita hesitates. 

“That’s a tough question. I don’t know if I want to say it was an accomplishment, but bringing to light the issues at the sewer plant was important,” he said. “It was in a bad spot and not running at optimal performance. As of March 13, our numbers are better than ever. 

“Finding out this issue was going on and bringing in the right people to get it to where it needs to be, that needed to happen. The work isn’t done yet and needs to continue.” 

The village’s agreement with the Pueblo of Isleta for operation of its wastewater treatment plant ends on March 31, and Abeita anticipates a contractor will have to be hired for future operations.  

“It was good to go out into the community and help individuals,” he said of his time with the village. 

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Julia M. Dendinger began working at the VCNB in 2006. She covers Valencia County government, Belen Consolidated Schools and the village of Bosque Farms. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists Rio Grande chapter’s board of directors.