Clovis hires administrator

CNJ staff Clovis Municipal Schools hired Grady schools Superintendent Joel Shirley as deputy superintendent of operations, according to a press release from Clovis schools. The hire will take effect at the end of the school year. Shirley will be in charge of maintenance and operations, building and grounds, personnel and cafeterias, according to Clovis Schools […]

PRMC administrator adds Tucumcari duties

Freedom New Mexico staff Hoyt Skabelund has been named the new hospital administrator for Dr. Dan. C. Trigg Memorial Hospital in Tucumcari, in addition to his continuing role as administrator of Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis, according to a Presbyterian Healthcare Services press release. Skabelund will take over the Dan C. Trigg administrator role […]

Hospital looking to turn corner

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The administrator of Plains Regional Medical Center said Wednesday the hospital failed in several areas this year, but officials are committed to improving performance. “We have had so many public failures this year. It’s sad,” Administrator Hoyt Skabelund said during a presentation to Clovis News Journal staff. Hospital inspections […]

6/6 Business digest

CNJ editor, reporter receive news award Clovis News Journal reporter Marlena Hartz and Editor David Stevens received a first-place citation for spot news reporting in the 2006 Best of the West awards announced last week. Best of the West honors the top work by newspapers and television stations in 13 western states, according to an […]

Officials: Four hospital administrators relieved of duties

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The administrative staff at Plains Regional Medical Center was downsized Thursday, according to PRMC officials. Four administrators were relieved of their duties effective next week, PRMC spokesperson Tayloria Grant said Friday in a phone interview. Director of patient care services Joan Martin, director of radiology and assistant administrator Mike […]

New hospital administrator targets improving patient satisfaction

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A New Mexico hospital administrator with a history of tending to hospitals in need volunteered to lead Plains Regional Medical Center. Officials from the hospital — scrutinized earlier this year by several regulatory agencies and bogged down by board member resignations — announced Hoyt Skabelund landed the position Wednesday, […]

Curry County hires jail manager away from Eddy County

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer The hunt for a jail administrator who can work with prisoners on behavior modification and decrease the number of repeat offenders is over. County Manager Dick Smith and the jail search committee say they’ve found the person for the job in Leslie Johnson, who has run the Eddy County […]

Jail administrator search continues

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff The disappointment was evident in County Manager Dick Smith’s voice Friday afternoon when he reported county officials were unable to find a suitable person to fill the administrator position at Curry County Adult Detention Center. The position has been open since Don Burdine resigned in September. Smith said the seven […]

County narrows jail administrator search

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Curry County officials have narrowed their search for a new Adult Detention Center administrator to seven. Lance Pyle, assistant county manager, said 30 to 40 applications were mailed or faxed to individuals across the United States who were interested in the position. Curry County officials received 10 completed applications. […]

County Commissioners tour detention center

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The smell of industrial strength cleaning solution intertwined with cheeseburgers and French fries lingers. A lone desk lay in the center of a cold, concrete floor with handcuffs dangling from the edge. Male and female inmates in orange, scrub-like uniforms press curious faces to available windows. Those were a […]

County starts search for jail administrator

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Curry County faces a tough task in finding a new jail administrator, according to County Manager Dick Smith. The annual salary for the position is about $50,000 plus benefits, according Smith, which is below the national average for the position and could make finding a candidate slightly harder. “We […]

New boss clamps down at jail

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer From his stature to his personality, everything about Teddy Blair is large. Even his entrance to Tuesday’s Curry County Commission meeting to give his first departmental report as interim administrator of the Curry County Detention Center was grandiose. Blair, 70, made a dramatic entrance to the meeting by tossing […]

County detention center administrator resigns

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Curry County Detention Center Administrator Don Burdine said he resigned Friday because he felt county officials lacked confidence in his management skills. The Curry County Sheriff’s Office administered an unannounced search of the jail at 7 a.m. Friday at the request of Curry County Manager Dick Smith and County Commissioner […]

Curry County Commission

Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Highlights from Tuesday’s Curry County Commission meeting: – The La Casa Senior Center requesting funding to improve services for area senior citizens. The commission would accept bids and serve as contractor if the funds are granted. – Commissioners Tim Ashley and Pete Hulder were chosen by lottery to serve on […]

Commission hires former hospital administrator to run county

Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Former hospital administrator Dick Smith will succeed Geneva Cooper as Curry County manager, commissioners announced Tuesday. Smith, a certified public accountant, has signed a six-month contract beginning Jan. 3. Cooper, who announced her resignation in September, has held the position for 15 years. Her final day will be Dec. 17. […]

County administrator loves job

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Twila Rutter-Wooley, the Curry County grant writer and grant administrator, talks with Curry County Manager Geneva Cooper during a meeting Wednesday at the Curry County courthouse. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Twila Rutter-Wooley is a Clovis native who once left the community to become a stockbroker. She spent three […]

Gatlin returns to Friona for job

By Michelle Seeber Lance Gatlin has been appointed to become administrator of Parmer County Community Hospital in Friona upon the retirement of the current administrator, Bill Neely. The 33-year-old Gatlin said Monday he recently took over operational responsibilities at the hospital as part of the transitional process. Neely’s retirement date has not yet been set, […]

Temporary jail buildings considered

By Jack King Faced with jail overcrowding and spending money to house prisoners out of county, members of the Curry and Roosevelt county commissions met with representatives of a portable building company on Thursday to discuss the use of temporary jail buildings. Curry County Manager Geneva Cooper, Roosevelt County Administrator Charlene Hardin, Curry County Commissioners […]

New hospital boss on board

By Gary Mitchell The new administrator of Plains Regional Medical Center brings more than 20 years of experience in healthcare administration to the job. Brian Bentley, who was en route to Clovis Tuesday night and could not be reached for comment, takes over as administrator of the hospital Sept. 1. Bentley replaces Dick Smith, whose […]

Question and Answer

Don Burdine currently serves as administrator for the Curry County Adult Detention Center. Q: How long have you served as the county jail administrator? A: I’ve been here this time since Oct. 7, but I also served here from 1995-98. Q: What kind of background do you have, and how has that helped in your […]