LORDSBURG — Firefighters in southwestern New Mexico have resigned en masse following a pay dispute.
The Las Cruces Sun-News reported the entire volunteer department of Lordsburg resigned last week amid a fight over how the city was paying the department.
The city said last week that the firefighters were required to fill out W-4 forms to report stipends paid to them by the city. That’s a change from previous practice in which the chief would pay them and seek reimbursement from the city.
Lordsburg Finance Officer Martha Salas has said that previous practice did not conform with the law.
Lordsburg announced it had entered into a temporary mutual aid agreement with Hidalgo County following the resignations, including Chief Riley Allen.
The city is accepting applications for a new fire chief, and on an interim basis, emergency fire and EMS services will be provided by Hidalgo County.