Local Roundup: County to discuss manager position

CNJ staff

The Curry County Commission should start discussions on the search for a new county manager during its next meeting, according to Commission Chairman Albin Smith.

The Commission is scheduled to meet Tuesday.

The Commission terminated Dick Smith’s contract as county manger during its Oct. 10 meeting. In the same meeting, commissioners unanimously appointed Lance Pyle as interim county manager. Pyle’s term ends Feb. 12. Chairman Smith said the commission could extend it.

“We gave ourselves 120 days (to hire a new manager), I believe it was, and so I’d spoken with the some of the commissioners, one of them today and three others last Tuesday,” Smith said. “So I think we’ll probably have some discussion on this over the next meeting or so.”

Dick Smith, who served as county manger for three years, submitted his letter of resignation Oct. 4 citing personal reasons. Smith made an annual salary of $102,000.

Pyle said he would likely apply for the position once the Commission posts it.

The county manager oversees administrative departments of the county, which includes finance, road, fairgrounds, detention and personnel departments.

MainStreet director wins scholarship
Clovis MainStreet Executive Director Robyne Beaubien has been accepted to the National Trust Main Street Center’s Certification Institute.

The Institute provides a two-year career advancement and professional development school for MainStreet leaders working to enhance their skills in non-profit management and community economic development.

Beaubien is the first New Mexico applicant to be accepted in more than 13 years. She is also the first recipient of the New Mexico MainStreet Manager’s Certification Scholarship of $2,500 to offset the cost of her education at the Institute.

Successful candidates must complete two one-week, on-campus series of courses over a period of two years.