Embattled deputy marshal resigns Mesilla post

There are 20 comments on the Oct 27, 2010, Las Cruces Sun-News story titled Embattled deputy marshal resigns Mesilla post. In it, Las Cruces Sun-News reports that:

Some Mesilla residents expressed surprise and sadness Tuesday following the abrupt resignation of town Deputy Marshal Joseph Serna, who had served as town marshal for more than five years.

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Master Debater

Las Cruces, NM

#1 Oct 27, 2010
Weathermen have been fired for less.
Clearly Spoken

United States

#2 Oct 27, 2010
"So it is written...so it is done"
Mesillero

Farmington, NM

#3 Oct 27, 2010
Dont Drink and Drive...whats so hard about that...Dont go to Juarez and you most likely wont be killed....geez! I do feel bad that Mr. Serna only got paid 35,000 a year...im sure he can make more money doing something else....
Blue

United States

#4 Oct 27, 2010
To resign was the honorable thing to do Joe. You can't and shouldn't be faulted for that. Good Luck in your future endeavors!
good news

Albuquerque, NM

#5 Oct 27, 2010
not to worry nora. i'm sure you'll fine another a-hole to replace him. why don't you bring vega or valenzuela back? either one would fit right in with the rest of the clowns there - mayor, trustees, judge, marshal and criminals you have at town hall.
What comes around

Baltimore, MD

#6 Oct 27, 2010
I remember after having to quit police work for 3 years because of a DWI. NM does not allow certification of peace officers within a 3 year period preceding conviction. I asked him for a job when he was Marshall. Didn't give me the time of day, or at least a call, and I've known him for years. Funny how things work out huh Joe? Good luck finding a job!
Bedrock Bob

Santa Fe, NM

#7 Oct 27, 2010
It is to bad that someone could not put on the pants and fire him. That would have at least shown some type of leadership. Letting him "resign" gave a certain amount of legitimacy to his actions and shows that the leadership is weak and indecisive.

But then we hire and elect indecisive, weak leadership as a rule and allow these good old boys to get by with (almost) whatever they want.

Since: Oct 08

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#8 Oct 27, 2010
I guess he's not rehireable as he didn't give proper two weeks notice?

:-)
wally

Santa Fe, NM

#9 Oct 27, 2010
Bedrock Bob wrote:
It is to bad that someone could not put on the pants and fire him. That would have at least shown some type of leadership. Letting him "resign" gave a certain amount of legitimacy to his actions and shows that the leadership is weak and indecisive.
But then we hire and elect indecisive, weak leadership as a rule and allow these good old boys to get by with (almost) whatever they want.
True. Very true, but bottom line is the good ole dollar sign, leadership is probably afraid of being sued somewhere down the line. Someone probably sued that "alcoholism" is a disease and was not properly treated and was fired unjustly because he was discriminated and won a hefty amount and got his job back.
Reece Carson

Tempe, AZ

#10 Oct 27, 2010
Maybe now we can expect the convicted drunk at MVEDA to resign?
If you recall, MVEDA CEO and President Davin Lopez was arrested and sentenced in El Paso for T-boning a young woman's car with his BMW while twice the legal limit for DUI.
The MVEDA board never publically has mentioned Lopez' punishment, conviction, probation or court case. MVEDA continues to receive City of Las Cruces and Dona Ana County money.
Lopez is paid a six-figure salary, but is a huge
embarassment to our community and deserves to be fired for costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of additional dollars in attorney fees, court costs and the massive settlement for the El Paso woman. None of these costs have ever been revealed in spite of MVEDA using public money from city and county taxpayers.
The entire case is a black eye on the community and far worse than any other public officials' behavior in Las Cruces in the past decade.
Fire Lopez.
We are tired of the elitist and arrogant attitude at MVEDA toward this community.
When the Nov. 2 election is over, we will purse this in force.

Davin Lopez' conviction and court records are here:

http://www.epcounty.com/publicsearch/Criminal ...

Type in Davin Lopez under the name spaces;

Type in 10/1/2009 in the first date space;
Type in the current date in the second date space.

Then read in all of its glory, this criminal's DUI report.

The drunk's booking photo is here:

http://mvedaceopleadsguilty.blogspot.com/
Hatch nm

Las Cruces, NM

#11 Oct 27, 2010
GOOD! Now he can work for LCPD!!!!!!!!!!
Bedrock Bob

Santa Fe, NM

#12 Oct 27, 2010
wally wrote:
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True. Very true, but bottom line is the good ole dollar sign, leadership is probably afraid of being sued somewhere down the line. Someone probably sued that "alcoholism" is a disease and was not properly treated and was fired unjustly because he was discriminated and won a hefty amount and got his job back.
We are supposedly electing "leaders" to the positions of authority. As far as I can tell the "leaders" have been silent, absent, or otherwise non committal.

The complete lack of responsibility, authority, and leadership in our government is abhorant. And since leadership routinely denies problems and sweeps them under the rug whenever they can we have these people blatantly running amuck until they get caught red handed. Just once I woudllike to hear of a leadership that did their job and PREVENTED IT FROM HAPPENING BEFORE IT GOT OUT OF HAND AND BECAME A PROBLEM.

But then that would be a symptom of excellence in government and we simply wont get ff our fat rear ends and demand excellence. So we get arrogant cops, weak leaders, and corruption.
You know it

Santa Fe, NM

#13 Oct 27, 2010
Hatch nm wrote:
GOOD! Now he can work for LCPD!!!!!!!!!!
Wrong, DASO picks them all up, all the "resigned" from LCPD are there.
Bedrock Bob

Santa Fe, NM

#14 Oct 27, 2010
You know it wrote:
<quoted text>
Wrong, DASO picks them all up, all the "resigned" from LCPD are there.
And as they slide downhill from DASO they wind up in Alamogordo, Hidalgo Co., or become dungeon masters in one of our (very safe) "corectional centers".
Great Scott

Albuquerque, NM

#15 Oct 27, 2010
This is good. But I suspect we will see Serna moving back over to maybe the LCPD or maybe to Sunland park. More than likely the charges will be dropped. If it was you or me we'd still get the treatment.
Mustache Ride

Las Cruces, NM

#16 Oct 27, 2010
Plus by law he would have to install a Breathalyzer device on his squad car for a period of one year. That would suck for emergency's because those things take time, also after 5 minutes it would have to be blown again. Sorry Mesilla, you can't protect people from following the Law. I got one a while back and you bet I lost a lot. I also wanted a break but unfortunately i'm not a cop, mayor, or city councilman of Mesilla, I volunteer and everything but no free pass for me. Also mesilla residents quit crying, his own goshdarned fault for being drunk!!
You know it

Santa Fe, NM

#17 Oct 27, 2010
Great Scott wrote:
This is good. But I suspect we will see Serna moving back over to maybe the LCPD or maybe to Sunland park. More than likely the charges will be dropped. If it was you or me we'd still get the treatment.
Serna needs to get his 20 years in for retirement, so a "resignation" was his best option to get rehired to another law enforcement agency. He is only looking out for number ! when he looks in the mirror.
Good riddance

Las Cruces, NM

#18 Oct 27, 2010
That guy was the worst (and Mesilla has had some bad cops). No one who ever dealt with him as a law-abiding, tax-paying citizen will be crying about this.
Good riddance

Las Cruces, NM

#19 Oct 27, 2010
Hatch nm wrote:
GOOD! Now he can work for LCPD!!!!!!!!!!
Columbus, NM might be a good job for Joe.
Good riddance

Las Cruces, NM

#20 Oct 27, 2010
• Joseph Serna, 45, was marshal of Mesilla from 1999 to 2005.

However, he was demoted from marshal to sergeant and then demoted to corporal. Lincoln County would be another good place to look for a new job.

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