Pyle won’t seek re-election

CNJ staff

Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle announced Saturday he will not seek a second term.

Pyle said in a press release he is getting married in February and wants to devote more time to his new wife.

“I love public service and have truly enjoyed serving the residents of Melrose as their mayor. The Village of Melrose is a great community and after much consideration I have decided not to seek re-election as mayor. I am saddened by the decision, but I look forward to new opportunities and I will greatly miss serving the residents of Melrose,” he said in the release.

Elected in 2006 at age 25, Pyle was the youngest person to serve as mayor in the state. Pyle also serves as Curry County manager.

He served as mayor through Cannon Air Force Base’s near shutdown by placement on the BRAC list and has been instrumental in procuring a healthcare clinic for the village, which is expected to be completed in November.

Melrose is about 20 miles west of Clovis and is home to Cannon’s bombing range.

“I am proud to say that we were prudent and creative with the taxpayers’ dollars,” he said.

During his term, Pyle said the village was able to build up cash reserves, “leaving the Village of Melrose in a better financial condition than it was when I took office.”