Taos town council retains Bellis as manager in split vote


In a split vote during a special workshop meeting Monday (March 19), the Town of Taos Council, reappointed Rick Bellis as the town manager.

Councilors Nathaniel Evans and George ‘Fritz’ Hahn voted in favor of keeping Bellis in the position while Councilors Pascualito Maestas and Darien Fernandez voted against the appointment. Mayor Dan Barrone made the tie breaking vote in favor of Bellis continuing as town manager.

Initially, Fernandez abstained from voting citing a campaign platform to seek other management for the town.

“I feel that, at this time, I should abstain from this particular vote,” Fernandez said during the meeting.

Several community members got up to congratulate Bellis on his appointment after the motion passed.

During the meeting, the council also passed an amendment to resolution 18-01A concerning open meetings. The amendment changes the time of the regular council meetings as well as the work sessions. Council meetings will be held at 4 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the months and the work sessions will be held every Monday at 4 p.m. effective March 26, 2018.

For more on the Town's special meeting, pick up a copy of Thursday's Taos News.