By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter
Mayor Pro-Tem Donald K. Shafer submitted his letter of resignation Tuesday night at City Hall.
“It has been an honor to serve as Mayor Pro-Tem and to serve with such a great group of council members and city personnel,” Shafer said. “I will still be in Portales I just won’t be on the council.
It was the final business of the night when Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. read Shafer’s letter of resignation at the regular city council meeting.
Shafer, signed the letter with the council members and mayor and those attending as witnesses.
“It is a sad day for Portales,” Ortega said. “Mayor Pro-Tem Shafer has been involved with city government for many years. He has contributed in several ways and has been a great asset to me as mayor.”
Shafer, a former mayor of Portales for 22 years, who has served the city for over 30 years cited moving for his family as a reason for resigning his position.
“It was a surprise for him to resign,” said Debi Lee Portales City Manager. I’ve been in municipal government for 25 years and have served with many of those years. He is an Icon. Anytime someone refers to Portales they talk about D.K., one of the reasons I was drawn to Portales.”
Shafer is one of the finest officials I have worked with. He always put others first, Lee said.
“After 34 years it is time to let someone else take care of it, Portales is in good hands,” Shafer said. “It has been one of the hardest decisions in my life but like Bobby Knight said I just looked like the right thing to do.”
Shafer’s resignation will be effective April 1, Ortega said.
One of the items on the agenda included the results of regular election on March 4. In those results Shafer ran unopposed and received 94 votes for Councilor Ward C.
Other items brought before the council included:
• Proclamation of March 28-30 as New Mexico State Organization Daughters of the American Revolution weekend in Portales.
• Presentation of 20-year service award to Martin Mendoza with Portales parks department.
• Appointment of committee and board members.
• Introduction of Twila Flen as the new Information Technology Director.
• Approval of an agreement with the National Museum of the United States Air Force for the F-111 Static display.
• Approval of resolution submittal of recycling and illegal dumping grant. The grant would provide $5,000 which will be used for an educational campaign, work with other businesses and organizations to enhance recycling program and establish a long term recycling program for Portales.
• Ratification of a special use permit for Heartland Continuing Care. The permit would not give special privilege to the facility it just recognizes that it has operated before the zoning restriction was established