COLUMBUS, N.M. (AP) — The mayor of a troubled New Mexico border village facing criticism amid recent firings has reversed one of his decisions.

The Deming Headlight reports one of two village employees fired by Mayor Esequiel Salas earlier this month has been placed on administrative leave instead.

Robert Gomez, public works director for the small border village, received a letter of termination from Salas on March 15, less than a week after the Mayor had been sworn in. Salas soon faced a wrath from angry citizens over the firing and allegations of budget irregularities.

But a new letter written by Salas and obtained by the Headlight said Gomez could disregard the termination notice.

The new letter states that Gomez is being placed on administrative leave over alleged misconduct.

Gomez's attorney, Jessica Mendez, says the mayor's allegations are without merit.

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Information from: Headlight, http://www.demingheadlight.com