Jail seeking program volunteers

CNJ staff The Curry County jail is seeking volunteers to run programs and services for inmates. A training session will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday in the commission room at the courthouse. Administrator Keith Norwood said volunteer inmate programs are an integral part of working toward rehabilitation and reducing recidivism among inmates. “We need […]

Former interim jail administrator ‘let go’

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Former Interim Deputy Administrator Kirk Roberts doesn’t believe he was “let go” for reasons being cited by the new administrator at Curry County jail. Roberts was dismissed Wednesday morning as part of what Administrator Keith Norwood classified as restructuring at the facility. “Dismissed is rather a strong term. He […]

Jail administrator says challenges part of why he took job

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Keith Norwood said he sees taking over the Curry County Adult Detention Center as a challenge, but that was always the case with other jobs he took in corrections. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A one-time fullback who came to New Mexico from Georgia on a football scholarship, Keith […]

Jail administrator says he’s pleased with community involvement

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Curry County Adult Detention Center Administrator Keith Norwood discusses his goals for the jail with area residents Thursday at a meet and greet held in the Curry County Commission room. Norwood was hired June 2. Keith Norwood met with the public for the first time Thursday afternoon during a gathering […]

ENMU camps kick off

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Jordan Lopez of West Las Vegas, left, tries to drive around Slaton guard Jorge Hernandez in Friday’s Eastern New Mexico University team camp game at Greyhound Arena. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer From November to March, Andrew Helton is used to pleading with referees. Come June, he is one. […]

Curry County hires new jail administrator

Keith Norwood of Belen is the new administrator of the Curry County jail. Norwood’s appointment was announced late Wednesday by County Manager Lance Pyle. Norwood has 25 years experience with the New Mexico Department of Corrections. He retired in December as the deputy bureau chief of internal audits, standards and compliance, according to his resume. […]

Press release: County hires detention administrator

Curry County Manager Lance A. Pyle announced the appointment of Mr. Keith Norwood of Belen, New Mexico as Curry County’s Detention Center Administrator. Mr. Norwood has over twenty-five (25) years of experience with the New Mexico Corrections Department. Mr. Norwood retired from the Santa Fe Department in the position of Deputy Bureau Chief of Internal […]

County manager says he hopes to name jail administrator by middle of week

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer County Manager Lance Pyle said he hopes to name a detention administrator by the middle of this week, to be selected from three finalists. The candidates — the current interim jail administrator, a retired warden and a penitentiary program coordinator — have completed interviews with a panel that included […]

Jail administration source of debate

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Talk of whether or not to add 10 new detention officer positions for the jail Tuesday turned to discussion of how the county should manage the facility. Commissioner Dan Stoddard said he believes the county should cease looking for an administrator and Sheriff Matt Murray should stay in command […]

County still seeking jail administrator candidates

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Almost 90 days since Sheriff Matt Murray took command and nine months since the search for a new administrator began, the county is no closer to finding a candidate to run its controversial jail. And a question now emerging is whether the sheriff should permanently run the jail. Saturday, […]