Clovis native selected as San Angelo interim city manager

Freedom New Mexico Clovis native Michael Dane was named Tuesday as interim city manager of San Angelo, Texas. Dane became San Angelo’s director of finance in August 1998. Located southeast of Lubbock, San Angelo had a population of 93,200, according to the 2010 Census. According to city press release: • He served the city of […]

Religion feature: Pastor awarded for work with youth

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Pastor Clyde Davis surveys an area in his office at the First Presbyterian Church in Clovis to hang the Celtic Cross award plaque he received Sunday. The award symbolizes Davis’ service to youth in the community. Benna Sayyed Throughout his career as a teacher and pastor Clyde Davis has used […]

Eight apply for jail position

CNJ staff Curry County has eight applicants for its open detention center administrator position, vacant since Keith Norwood resigned Sept. 6. Interim Administrator Tori Sandoval is one of the applicants for the position, along with: • Mark Anderson of Newcastle, Maine • Gerry Billy of Newark, Ohio • Michael Sales of Sundown, Texas • Carl […]

Military committee to meet in Santa Fe

CNJ staff The Legislative Interim Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee will meet today in Santa Fe, according to a news release. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. and adjourn at 3 p.m. The committee will set protocols, discuss their focus areas and develop a work plan for the interim session, the release said. The […]

Equine virus presentation scheduled

Freedom New Mexico The Legislative Interim Water and Natural Resources Committee is meeting today at 1:30 p.m. in the State Capitol in Santa Fe. Dr. Dave Fly, state veterinarian with the New Mexico Livestock Board, will give a presentation on the equine herpes virus (EHV-1) outbreak. This will be followed by a status update on […]

EPCOG approves interim director

CNJ staff The Eastern Plains Council of Governments board unanimously appointed Sandy Chancey as interim director during a Wednesday meeting, Chancey, currently serving as executive assistant, will assume the role Dec. 1. She will replace Interim Director Richard Arguello, who recommended her for the position. Arguello, a Union County commissioner, will complete his commission term […]

Press release: Interim committees now broadcast live

State lawmakers are in Santa Fe right now, discussing behavioral-health services. A live, streaming audio feed of interim legislative committees is now available online at http://www.nmlegis.gov

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 […]

Board votes to make hiring practices priority for interim superintendent

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education decided in a 4-1vote Tuesday to make investigating school hiring practices a priority for Interim Superintendent G.C. Ross. Charges of discriminatory hiring practices were leveled at Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm during the board’s April 28 meeting by the Concerned Citizens of Curry County. […]

Tucumcari hires new police chief

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Jason Braziel, a Tucumcari police officer for 11 years, was hired as the department’s chief on Wednesday. Freedom New Mexico Interim Operations Commander Jason Braziel is Tucumcari’s new top cop. Braziel accepted the position of Chief of Police Wednesday. Braziel is an 11-year veteran of the Tucumcari Police Department. Tucumcari has been without a police […]

Search for jail administrator continues

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Curry County continues to accept applications for its vacant jail administrator job. The position has been vacant since September, when the county dismissed former administrator Lois Bean. Sheriff Matt Murray has had oversight of the jail since four inmates attempted to escape Feb. 21. That incident led to the […]

Sheriff proposes sending inmates to other jails

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In the 10 days since Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray took over command of the jail, he says deputies have discovered a complete contradiction to what the former interim administrator was telling county commissioners. Speaking Tuesday to commissioners, Murray said he found a jail understaffed, with poorly trained personnel […]

Concerns about inmate furloughs addressed

CNJ staff Interim Administrator Carlos Ortiz says the Curry County jail is fully staffed and he is addressing several serious issues recently discovered with furloughs. Ortiz’ disclosures were part of a presentation Tuesday to county commissioners. It is the first time in years the jail has had all positions filled, Ortiz told commissioners. Ortiz said […]

Friday Roosevelt County jail interim administrator’s last day

Freedom New Mexico Friday was Roosevelt County Detention Center Interim Administrator Charles Perez’s last day on the job.County Manager Charlene Hardin said Perez submitted a letter of resignation Nov. 6. She said Perez indicated he wanted to return to law enforcement. “We will have the information about the new administrator on Monday,” Hardin said. Perez […]

Ortiz vies for jail administrator position

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Lt. Holly MIttlemark talks with an inmate at the Curry County Adult Detention Center Thursday afternoon. Communicating with the inmates on a regular bases is critical to maintaining control of the jail according to Interim Administrator Carlos Ortiz. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Interim jail administrator Carlos Ortiz has […]

Freedom names interim CEO

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Freedom Communications Inc., parent company of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun, named an interim CEO Wednesday, tapping the former publisher of The Dallas Morning News. Burl Osborne will take over in July for Scott Flanders, who is leaving after 3 1/2 years in the job to […]

Police chief candidates narrowed to eight

By Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer The field of applicants vying for the position of Clovis Police Chief has narrowed from 29 to eight, according to City Manager Joe Thomas. Interviews are being scheduled, he said. Six of the candidates hail from communities across the country while two are New Mexico residents, including Clovis interim […]

Interim police chief named

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Courtesy photo: Clovis Police Department Mike Ingram has been appointed interim Clovis police chief and will serve until a candidate is selected to fill the position, city officials said. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Veteran officer Mike Ingram was appointed Monday as the interim chief of the Clovis Police Department, according to a press […]

Legislator priorities

Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales District 27 — Chaves, Curry, De Baca and Roosevelt counties Senator since 1985 Occupation: Farmer Capitol office: (505) 986-4702 Home: 356-3088 e-mail: stuartingle@nmlegis.gov Committee membership • Capital Outlay Subcommittee, advisory (interim) • Capitol Buildings Planning Commission, (interim) • Committees’ Committee • Corporations and Transportation • Economic and Rural Development, advisory (interim) […]

Pyle promoted to county manager

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Curry County commissioners stayed in-house and hired Lance Pyle as the county manager Tuesday during an executive session. Pyle has served as the interim county manager since Dick Smith resigned in October. Pyle, 27, will earn about $87,500 a year, according to county officials. “We decided rather than go […]