Cimarron city officials have declined to comment on the arrest earlier this month of Cimarron Volunteer Fire Department Chief Aaron Gonzales on an allegation of driving under the influence.
A Gray County Sheriff’s deputy pulled over Gonzales, 33, who was driving a white Dodge Ram pickup, at about 3:40 a.m. Jan. 1 for not using his headlights, according to an incident report. As noted in the report, the deputy noticed Gonzales smelled of alcohol, and had bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech.
According to the report, Gonzales agreed to perform several field sobriety tests and showed signs of impairment. The results of a preliminary breath test showed he had a 0.10-percent blood alcohol level, 0.02 percent above the legal limit.
Assistant Gray County Attorney Michael Giardine said Friday that the county attorney’s office had reached out to another prosecutor to avoid any potential conflict of interest.
Gonzales posted a deposit toward his $1,000 bail and was issued a notice to appear in court on the charge on Feb. 5.
When reached by phone, Deputy City Clerk Samantha Inguanza said City Administrator Jeff Acton had no comment on the matter. City Clerk Amber Walker, Cimarron City Council member Darrel Dupree and Inguanza declined to comment on either the incident or Gonzales' status with the city.
Cimarron Mayor Gilbert Benton and Gonzales did not respond to phone messages left at the city office seeking comment. Benton also did not respond to emails.
Troy Blevins, emergency manager and rural fire coordinator at Gray County Emergency Management Services, said he was not sure whether the city had disciplined Gonzales in any way, but that the city did notify him about Gonzales’ citation. Blevins said he directed citizens with questions about the incident to Acton, and several told Blevins the city administrator was not offering answers.
"The city reached out to us … and told us, but other than that, they’re kind of keeping it, I guess, somewhat secret," Blevins said.
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