A city worker who recently pleaded no contest to brandishing a firearm on city property during a dispute with coworkers, continues to be employed by the city, Roswell officials said.
Steven Archuleta was sentenced by a Magistrate Court judge to one year probation on Sept. 29. The decision came after he was originally charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, following an argument outside of the cityâ€™s Department of Public Works building in August.
Archuleta was accused of pointing a handgun at a coworker and stating, â€œCome on,â€ during a verbal altercation, according to court records. The incident occurred on city property and was witnessed by two employees.
â€œAt this point, he is an employee of the city,â€ responded Larry Fry, assistant city manager, when asked whether Archuleta is currently a city worker.
Fry declined to comment further on possible disciplinary actions, citing personnel matters. According to city personnel rules and regulations, â€œNo employee, except authorized sworn officers of the police department … shall be allowed to carry any firearms.â€ The rules go on to state that while on duty, no employee â€” unless otherwise authorized â€” can carry a firearm in a private vehicle onto city property.
As part of the courtâ€™s plea agreement, the charges were dropped to a simple assault and Archuleta agreed to probation in lieu of one year imprisonment. Archuleta was hired by the city in February 2008, according to city records.