Former mayor of Santa Fe dies

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SANTA FE, N.M. — The former mayor of Santa Fe, Javier Gonzales, died of cancer Wednesday, according to the Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center.

The CEO of the hospital, Lillian Montoya, shared the following statement:

"Today, CHRISTUS St Vincent learned that our loved and greatly admired friend and colleague, Javier Gonzales, passed away peacefully. During his time at Christus. St. Vincent, Javier’s leadership and contributions to the work of our mission exemplified our core values of excellence and compassion. We are better for his having contributed to our mission, and we will be less without him. We are deeply saddened by this loss, and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends."

Gonzales was elected in 2014 – making history as Santa Fe’s first openly gay mayor. He served one term, deciding in 2018 that he wanted to spend more time with his family.

In 2020, Gonzales was named the vice president and chief development officer for the Christus St. Vincent Hospital Foundation.