Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Corrales Terminates Lawyer's Contract.

Byline: Carolyn Appelman Journal Staff Writer

Mathews Stunned By Council Vote

In front of an emotional crowd of more than 60 people, Corrales village councilors terminated the contract with longtime village attorney David Mathews.

But they would not say why.

At Tuesday's regular meeting, more than a dozen people spoke in support of retaining Mathews.

The council now has only three members Walter Lucero, John Callan and Estevan Pedroncelli following the death of David Bruyere earlier this month. Lucero and Callan approved terminating Mathews' contract. Pedroncelli was opposed.

"I am very surprised at being terminated," Mathews said Wednesday. "I don't really know why, but I am extremely grateful to the citizens that supported me at the meeting. …

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