Former Clovis police chief and city manager Raymond Mondragon has been hired as economic development director for the Eastern Plains Council of Governments.
Mondragon began in the position Monday, replacing Gregg Williams.
Interim-Director Sandy Chancey said Williams, who held the position for about four years, left March 25, “parted ways” with EPCOG.
Williams said Monday his leaving EPCOG “was definitely not a mutual agreement,” but declined further comment.
Mondragon will be paid a salary of $42,500, she said.
In his new role, Chancey said Mondragon will assist communities within EPCOG’s seven-county region with planning and grant writing toward economic development and will serve as a liaison to the state legislature.
Mondragon has “experience, knowledge, great working relationships with all of our communities plus state agencies … he’ll be a great asset to EPCOG,” she said.
Mondragon said he hit the ground running Monday, sending out an introduction letter to all his contacts and entities in the region to let them know he’s working with EPCOG.
“I know most of them (already),” he said. “I’m excited about this endeavor … I’m looking forward to it.”
Mondragon said he has been involved with economic development in the area since 2001 when he was still city manager and was involved with the recruitment of Southwest Cheese to the Clovis area in addition to helping create a prison facility in Clayton that generated 200 jobs.
Mondragon is president of the Clovis Curry County Chamber of Commerce and previously handled economic development and government relations for ENMR-Plateau.
EPCOG is a consortium representing seven counties in eastern New Mexico and helps local governments with infrastructure planning and economic development. It includes Union, Harding, Quay, Guadalupe, De Baca, Curry and Roosevelt counties.
Funding is drawn from dues paid by its members and other government sources.