County manager’s emails rankle commissioner

Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioner Dan Stoddard said he is frustrated with County Manager Lance Pyle after Stoddard’s request for jail figures sparked a series of emails among county officials questioning his loyalties. Pyle said he was only trying to ensure the release of accurate information. In February, the commission voted to give Pyle the […]

Weekly update — Nov. 21

County refunded for software Curry County has received a full refund for a $17,000 jail management software purchase. The refund was received Friday, according to county e-mails provided by County Manager Lance Pyle. Commissioners approved purchase of the upgraded Sleuth software in April. County officials previously said purchasing Sleuth — also used by local law […]

Commissioners approve three-year contract for county manager

Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioners approved a three-year contract with County Manager Lance Pyle Wednesday that includes a six-month severance clause. The 3-2 vote to approve came following a more than hour-long executive session held after a special meeting at the courthouse. Commissioners Caleb Chandler and Dan Stoddard opposed the contract, both saying their votes […]

Questions raised about county’s judical complex information

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson District Judge Teddy Hartley points to a door inside the courthouse that has been blocked to secure the building. Court officials have said the building is outdated, has security flaws and is too crowded. Sharna Johnson Curry County has paid nearly $20,000 for a video, yard signs, brochures and mass […]

County eligible to apply for development grant

Thursday, Curry County hosted the first of three meetings for public input on Community Development Block Grant money. County Manager Lance Pyle said the county is eligible to apply for up to $500,000 from the state. The hearing was attended by 19 residents and three projects — a paved road from Cannon Air Force Base […]

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 […]

County to meet over budget changes

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Manager Lance Pyle is expected to present a revised budget plan today that would allow for 10 additional detention officers at the jail, as some commissioners have requested. Commissioners are meeting at 9 a.m. in the Commission Room at the courthouse. During a May 18 meeting in […]

County budget sent back to make room for jail officers

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County commissioners told County Manager Lance Pyle to reconfigure his proposed preliminary budget Tuesday and come back with the money to hire 10 new detention officers at the jail. Commissioners were expected to vote on both preliminary budget and jail issues at a meeting held at the Grady […]

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, […]