COMMUNITY UPDATE: Gasteyer Investigation

Gasteyer Investigation

Nearly two years ago, the Attorney General informed the Village Administration that it was

undertaking an investigation into a variety of Village activities undertaken by then Mayor

Gasteyer. Investigators were looking into possible violations of the law stemming from the

potential misuse of funds related to the development project for a senior living center in

Corrales as well as the purchase of the last conservation easement acquired under the

Farmland Preservation Program, and the use of Village resources to investigate council

candidates. Investigators were additionally looking into issues surrounding the contract

administration for construction of the waste water removal system.


Investigators from the Government Accountability Division of the NM Attorney General’s Office

were on-site in Village offices for over two months, actively looking into these serious

issues. This investigation included a review of the 17 boxes of documents that former Mayor

Gasteyer had improperly removed from the Village Office upon his departure. Those

documents were recovered at the urging of the investigators to aide them in their work. The

Village remained silent on this issue as to not interfere with the investigation.

Upon the taking of office by the new Attorney General, these investigators were fired and the

investigation was halted. The new Attorney General, in a letter dated March 7th, recently

informed us that he has abandoned the investigation citing as his primary reason

that the former Mayor Gasteyer didn’t “intend” to break the law with his actions.


During this process, the Village staff was able to recover all known public documents that were

contained in the boxes and return them to their proper files. The remaining files are available for

Councilor Gasteyer to collect from the Village Office before April 15th of this year.


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