February 14, 2017
Green Mountain Falls Announces Hiring of Town Marshal
Mayor Jane Newberry announced today that the Town of Green Mountain Falls has hired Virgil Lynden Hodges as Town Marshal effective March 20. Mr. Hodges is currently a Lieutenant with the New Mexico State University Police Department, where he has been employed for the past nine years. Previously, Mr. Hodges worked for the City of Las Cruces, New Mexico Police Department, from which he retired in 2007 after a twenty-one (21) year career. Before that, Mr. Hodges worked for his home-town Police Department, Dexter, NM, for six years and served with the Military Police in the U.S. Army.
Green Mountain Falls has been without a Marshal since April when Tim Bradley resigned. The Marshal is the only law enforcement officer employed by the Town.
“We are very pleased to welcome Mr. Hodges to the Town as our new Marshal” said Mayor Newberry. “We were extremely impressed with Mr. Hodges’ background and qualifications as well as by his personality and his approach to law enforcement. We believe that he will be a good fit with our community and that he will bring a very professional approach to his job. We look forward to working with him.”
Mr. Hodges is being hired at a salary of $40,000 per year. In accordance with the Town budget, he will also receive a relocation allowance of $2,500. At his request, the Town has agreed to allow Mr. Hodges to remain on his current health insurance through the New Mexico retirement system with the Town paying Mr. Hodges what it would have had to pay for employee health insurance for him.
“I am honored and a little humbled that the Town of Green Mountain Falls is willing to take a chance on a small- town boy who grew up and dedicated himself to service of communities both small and large,” said Mr. Hodges. “I have never forgotten where I came from and hope to earn the trust of the community and the residents both year- round and seasonal. I will assure you of an impartial, fair and honest effort to enforce the laws and ordinances of the State and Community in a manner that is consistent with small town values and understanding that I grew up with.”
Green Mountain Falls is a summer resort community north of Pikes Peak and eleven miles west of Colorado Springs just off U.S. Highway 24. At an altitude of 7,800 feet, the Town is nestled in a picturesque mountain canyon surrounded on three sides by Pike National Forest. Green Mountain Falls has a year-round population of about 700. In the summer the population doubles as people from other states arrive to enjoy their family cabins and the cool of the mountains.