District 6 City Councilor Dan Stoddard announced his resignation from the Rio Rancho City Council. He is reportedly resigning to focus on family and health-related matters. Stoddard’s last day in office will be May 26.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the Governing Body and have always loved serving my community,” Stoddard said.

Stoddard was elected in March 2020 to a four-year term. “I appreciate Councilor Stoddard’s public service and wish him all the best in future endeavors,” Mayor Gregg Hull said.

According to the City’s Charter, the mayor will appoint a qualified successor within 60 days of when a vacancy occurs. The mayor’s appointment has to be confirmed by the Governing Body. If the governing body does not accept the mayor’s appointment, the mayor will then appoint another individual within 45 days. The process of mayoral appointment and Governing Body consideration of the appointment continues until the Governing Body has confirmed an appointee of the mayor to fill the position.

The appointed and confirmed individual will serve until the city’s next regular municipal election is completed in March 2024 and newly elected officials are sworn in and take office.

The person elected by voters in 2024 to fill the District 6 seat will have a four-year term that ends in 2028.