Northeastern New Mexico rancher Jack Chatfield, Rosebud, has deep roots in New Mexico and as a fifth generation New Mexican he wants to do all he can to protect and preserve the land he loves for the future.
Jack was born in T or C and raised on the family ranch. He is grateful for the Christian values and work ethic instilled in him by his parents as well as the opportunity to be close to his grandparents who also lived on the family ranch.
Jack worked for many years on New Mexico’s famed Bell Ranch. In 2004 Jack and his wife, Jill Hopson Chatfield had the opportunity to buy the ranch where she was raised. That November they moved to the Triangle Ranch in the sand hills of northeastern New Mexico where they run a commercial cow/calf operation. Jill was the Postmaster at Mosquero and Jack went to work managing the watershed restoration project on the Canadian River working to address invasive plant species on the entire Canadian River watershed. To date the project has treated 4000 acres of PJ, 33,000 of Salt Cedar, 30,000 acres of Mesquite along its 2000 miles of riparian corridor with a budget of over 5 million dollars. Most of these funds were federal monies which Project Manager Chatfield was successful is securing for the project.
Every year since 2004 Chatfield has worked tirelessly at New Mexico’s legislature to advocate for the citizens of northeastern New Mexico. Mr. Chatfield’s priorities are private property rights, water rights, preserving the way of life we all hold dear.
Jack and Jill have been married 25 years this coming March, 2018, and have 5 children between them—Randy, Jimmy Jack, Cuatro, Robin and John David. They have seven grandchildren and one more on the way. Jill’s Dad, Harry Hopson still lives on the Triangle Ranch.
Jack and Jill are grateful for their many friends and extended family and for being blessed to live the life that they love. The Chatfields are active in the Mosquero Community Church, Jack served as president of the Mosquero School Board for 16 years. He is a member of New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau, Vice-president at large of New Mexico Cattle Growers and former supervisor of Mesa SWCD. Jack is known for his skills as a chuck wagon cook; he and his wife own the Headquarters Restaurant in Mosquero, NM. Jack has served as Chairman of the Harding County Planning Committee which wrote the original Harding County Land Use Plan. Jack and Jill served for many years as treatment foster parents for CYFD and share a deep concern for the wellbeing of New Mexico’s children.
- Dedicated public servant with a life-long commitment to conservation of resources and land management; offering over 35 years of hands-on experience as a cattleman and division manager; bringing an array of organizational skills including an established ability to motivate public involvement in land use issues.
- Recognized as a leader who is reliable and trustworthy; a successful mediator bringing a common-sense approach and depth of understanding stemming from a lifetime experience in resource management civic diplomacy.
- Comprehensive knowledge of and experience in the development of Land Use Plans; County Ordinances; Memorandums of Understanding; Joint Powers Agreements; working with State and Federal agencies and regulatory programs including the National Environmental Policy Act and Endangered Species Act; an advocate of private property rights; trained in crisis intervention and public speaking.
- Educated in Water Law, Land Use Planning, National Environmental Policy Act, Open Meetings Act; GIS mapping; and familiar with State Procurement Code.