Archuleta still employed by city

October 8, 2010 • Local News

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 [auth] firearm, following an argument outside of the city’s Department of Public Works building in August.

Archuleta was accused of pointing a handgun at a coworker and stating, “Come on,” during a verbal altercation, according to court records. The incident occurred on city property and was witnessed by two employees.

“At this point, he is an employee of the city,” 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, “No employee, except authorized sworn officers of the police department … shall be allowed to carry any firearms.” The rules go on to state that while on duty, no employee — unless otherwise authorized — can carry a firearm in a private vehicle onto city property.

As part of the court’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.

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