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Melvin Montoya is retired, but not ready to stop working

May 10, 2013 • Local News


Melvin Montoya wears a smile and his ever-present cowboy hat. (Ilissa Gilmore Photo)

A true working-man, Melvin Montoya won’t let a little thing like retirement slow him down.

Though he recently retired after 26 years as road foreman at the Chaves County Road Department, he’s applied to other jobs, willing to work for “whoever decides they want this old man to work for them.”

“I can do just about anything,” he said.

Montoya had been in charge of almost every aspect of the department and had to be in contact with people from various agencies in the county and the state.

At times, he even acted as a mediator for landowners and the Road Department in an effort to, he said, “keep them from having ‘The Chaves County War.’”

He worked so long for the county, he even remembers times of snow and flash flood emergencies. As the years passed, Montoya picked up more and more responsibilities and outlasted many supervisors and employees.

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