Nine apply for county manager position

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer

The Curry County manager’s office is on the cusp of a regime change, and the seated county commissioners have never been through this process before.

Commissioners have not formally discussed the applicants or the transition process, but when they meet again on Tuesday they will introduce their ideas for proceeding, Commissioner Kathryn Tate said.

Curry County has received nine applications for county manager. The position came open after County Manager Geneva Cooper announced her retirement in September.
Officials have not released names of the applicants.

When Cooper retires on Dec. 17 she will have been the county manager for 15 years.

“The key (to this job) is to use good common sense, to treat someone like you want them to treat you,” Cooper said.
Tate said there has been no discussion among commissioners about the applicant review process.

Commissioners Tim Ashley and Pete Hulder said establishing a committee would be a good way to narrow the number of applicants to those most qualified.

“We are kind of winging it, so to speak,” Hulder said. “It is very difficult to find someone of Geneva’s quality.”