- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) - Sunland Park City Manager Vernon Wilson is out of a job.

The City Council voted 5-0 with one abstention Tuesday to fire Wilson, who had two years left on his contract.

Mayor Javier Perea did not disclose reasons for the termination, while Wilson called it a “personal vendetta.”

Wilson was hired in December 2013 at a time when the southern New Mexico community’s city government was in disarray and faced the potential of a state takeover.

The Las Cruces Sun-News (http://goo.gl/fcXdZC ) reports that the city since then has improved its finances and its relations with state officials.

Wilson’s firing means Perea will temporarily oversee day-to-day operations of city government until an acting city manager is appointed.

Perea disputes it, but Wilson contends he is entitled to severance pay.

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