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 […]