Rafael-DominguezFormer Monument Mayor Rafael Dominguez resigned his position March 29 to take a new job in Colorado Springs that he said would conflict with his role as mayor.

Dominguez said he is not allowed to disclose his new position, or even the industry in which he’ll be working, until his employer releases an official notification.

Dominguez moved to Monument nearly a decade ago after retiring from the U.S. Marine Corps. Shortly after, he joined the town’s planning commission and he served on the town board more than five years. He became mayor in April 2014.

Dominguez enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1984 and in 1996, he was promoted to warrant officer and achieved the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 4 before retiring from the Marines in 2006.

Dominguez went on to work for Sabre Systems, where he performed program analysis and contracts management.

Last summer, Dominguez became embroiled in a struggle with community members over the town’s approval of a methadone clinic across from a downtown public park. The town agreed this month to pay Colonial Management Group $350,000 to relocate their business.

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Dominguez said his resignation has nothing to do with the clinic.

“Not at all,” he said when asked if the legal battle led to his resignation. “I had a great time [as mayor]. There are great people up there in Monument and we’ve accomplished a lot in the nine years I’ve been serving the public. Monument has a bright future.”

Dominguez said he’ll continue to live in the Tri-Lakes region and will “remain engaged, to some extent.”

The Monument Board of Trustees will meet April 4 and could appoint a mayor that evening. The town will have 60 days to fill the vacancy.

“I suspect they will appoint a mayor sooner rather than later. The mayor has signatory authority that other members don’t have,” Dominguez said. He had two years left of his four-year term.