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.