~ by Rick Langenberg ~
The town of Green Mountain Falls is set to have its new marshal, Virgil Lynden Hodges, officially start his duties on Monday, March 20. During last week’s meeting, Interim Town Manager cited this as the official start-up date for Hodges, who was hired in February, following a highly public process.
In an effort to welcome the new law enforcement chief, a number of community leaders and the Sallie Bush Community Building Board are hosting a pot luck “Meet and Greet” gathering for the new marshal on Sunday, March 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Sallie Bush center, off Ute Pass Avenue. The event is open to the whole community. Those attending are encouraged to bring a covered dish for six and their own place settings. Drinks will be provided by the Sallie Bush Board
According to local resident and former trustee Margaret Peterson, who helped organize the event, the gala will feature somewhat of a New Mexico-style greeting to welcome the marshal. Hodges has spent many years in New Mexico, working for the Las Cruces Police Department and working more recently in Dexter. He boasts of several decades of law enforcement work.
“We really want to welcome the new marshal,” said Peterson, who says these types of pot luck gatherings are popular in New Mexico.
Town residents and business operators are looking forward to his arrival, as GMF has gone nearly a year without any type of regular law enforcement presence. According to long-time residents, this is the longest period the town has endured without a marshal in recent memory.