Records: Former Curry County jail administrator allowed to resign following settlement

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File photo Former Curry County jail administrator Lois Bean in 2009. A Sept. 7, 2010, settlement reached by the county and Bean amended her termination from the jail as a resignation and awarded Bean $69,500 and undisclosed attorney fees. CNJ staff Former Curry County jail Administrator Lois Bean was allowed to resign under a settlement […]

Former jail administrator paid $65,000 in settlement

CNJ staff Another insurance settlement paid out on behalf of Curry County that wasn’t made public was some $65,000 to former jail Administrator Lois Bean. County Attorney Stephen Doerr confirmed the settlement on Thursday during questioning about a $450,000 settlement paid a Clovis man for mistreatment while being held in the jail’s juvenile facility. Bean […]

Jail administrator says he’s saved by bringing inmates back in county

Robin Fornoff New jail Administrator Gerry Billy said Tuesday he’s already achieved “substantial savings” for the county by reducing the number of inmates being housed outside the county. Billy’s announcement was part of his first report to commissioners since assuming leadership at the jail three weeks ago. Billy said bringing inmates back to the Curry […]

Letters to the editor: Contractors not responsible for jail

Contractors not responsible for jail I find new Curry County jail administrator Gerry Billy’s comment (in Wednesday’s article), “Obviously the person who built the jail had never built a jail before,” offensive. “The person who built the jail” is obviously a contractor. A contractor places a “bid” for a specific job, which is laid out […]

New administrator talks jail priorities

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Gerry Billy Robin Fornoff Retired Ohio sheriff Gerry Billy doesn’t officially take over as administrator until Feb. 1, but he met with Curry County jail staff for about an hour Wednesday morning to get one thing straight. “I just wanted to reassure them it’s going to be OK,” Billy said afterward. “I worry most about […]

Jail administrator selection made

CNJ staff Curry County has reached a tentative agreement to bring Gerry Billy of Ohio as its next adult detention center administrator. A request to approve an employment contract for Billy is on Tuesday’s county commission meeting agenda. Former administrator Keith Norwood resigned in September, and Tori Sandoval has been acting as interim administrator since. […]

New jail administrator to report to commission

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File photo Curry County Detention Officer Cody Longenecker operates cell doors Tuesday and monitors cameras at the Curry County Detention Center from within the master control room. Robin Fornoff Whoever is picked as Curry County’s new jail administrator will report directly to county commissioners, not County Manager Lance Pyle, according to commission Chairman Caleb Chandler. […]

Negotiations approved for jail finalists

Robin Fornoff Negotiations with two finalists for the Curry County jail administrator’s position were authorized Tuesday by commissioners. County Manager Lance Pyle said he and County Attorney Stephen Doerr will begin negotiating with Gerry Billy as the first choice and Michael Williams as the second choice. Billy is a retired six-term (24 years) sheriff of […]

Curry County jail administrator search narrowed to four

Freedom New Mexico Four finalists including Interim Administrator Tori Sandoval were named Friday for the position of jail administrator, according to Curry County Manager Lance Pyle. Pyle identified the other three candidates as Gerry D. Billy of Newark, Ohio; Michael D. William of Selah, Wash., and Joe Sprunk of Albuquerque. Pyle also announced a committee […]

Four finalists named for top jail job

Freedom New Mexico Four finalists including Interim Administrator Tori Sandoval were named Friday for the position of jail administrator, according to Curry County Manager Lance Pyle. Pyle identified the other three candidates as Gerry D. Billy of Newark, Ohio; Michael D. William of Selah, Wash., and Joe Sprunk of Albuquerque. Pyle also announced a committee […]