Public, private job sectors unbalanced

Freedom New Mexico Based on news stories about teacher layoff notices and tough times at city halls and the state capitols, one would think that the government and its workers are suffering disproportionately during this down economy. Actually, the truth is quite the opposite. Government continues to grow, and its workers continue to gain significant […]

Commissioners opposed to salary increases

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo New Curry County Adult Detention center administrator Lois Patricia Jones-Bean discussed allowing volunteers into the detention center with Clovis’ Joe and Elva Padilla during Tuesday’s meet and greet at the Curry County Courthouse. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County commissioners agreed Tuesday not to raise elected official salaries, […]

Preliminary city budget includes new position

CNJ staff The Clovis City Commission approved a $33.1 million preliminary budget for the 2009 fiscal year during a special meeting Tuesday at the Bert Cabiness Government Center. The budget includes $83,000 for an assistant city manager position. The assistant city manager position has been vacant and unfunded for three years, according to city officials. […]

Committee will recommend city salary adjustments

The Employee Compensation Review Committee will recommend today to let the City Commission decide how to adjust city employee compensation. According to the committee’s recommendation, the state of the economy and limited city funds contributed to the decision. The committee was formed in December and have met every month since January comparing city employees’ salaries […]

Letters to the Editor: Selling alcohol would be bad influence

I’d like to commend Curry County commissioners who voted against the events center applying for a license to sell alcohol, the dollar being the bottom line. If the financial support of the center depended on alcohol ad sponsorship and sales by the sponsors to survive, this issue should have been addressed long before now in […]

Schools’ budget could get 6.5 percent boost

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor Clovis Municipal Schools’ budget for the 2007-2008 school year is expected to top $50 million, a 6.5 percent increase from last year. School board members OK’d the introduction of the $51.3 million budget at Tuesday’s meeting. They will vote on its final approval May 22. Salaries account for the […]

School extends superintendent’s contract

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer The Clovis Schools Board of Education extended Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm’s contract until 2009 on Tuesday, but postponed salary and benefit negotiations. Those terms will be settled during the annual budgeting process, which usually occurs in April, board members said during Tuesday’s school-board meeting. Seidenwurm’s annual salary is $128,500, according […]

Clovis Fire Department battles employee retention

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer City officials are evaluating an employee compensation plan proposed by the Clovis Fire Department in response to retention problems, according to Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas. On the cusp of receiving his paramedic’s registration — a three-year investment — firefighter Joel Gershon will receive a raise of 75 cents […]

Some teachers’ salaries exceed principals’

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Some teachers in Clovis Municipal Schools are being paid more than principals because of a skewed salary system mandated by the state, according to Clovis Schools administration. The highest paid teachers in the district get approximately $7 more an hour than elementary principals, according to a breakdown of salaries […]

Officials getting pay hike

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Curry County Commissioners approved a 12 percent salary increase for elected officials Tuesday during a regular meeting. The increased was approved unanimously after a motion by Curry County Commissioner Tim Ashley for a 15 percent salary increase failed. Commissioners Kathrynn Tate and Albin Smith opposed the 15 percent hike. […]

Salary/benefits spike put leaders out of touch

Freedom Newspapers An alarming study by the libertarian Cato Institute suggests that a new class is being created in America — a government working elite with special privileges, quickly outpacing the private sector in the salaries and benefits it receives. The study found that average federal government workers’ total compensation — salary and benefits — […]

Curry County employees get salary hike

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Several Curry County employees will be smiling all the way to the bank next month because of pay raises. The salary hikes will bring county salaries in line with others for similar positions across the state. A Curry County salary survey found 33 employees’ salaries were at the bottom […]

Wages worry sheriff

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Curry County sheriff’s deputy Dean Marney fills out a warning for speeding Monday afternoon north of Clovis. (Staff photo: Mike Linn) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher said Monday he plans to request a pay raise for his deputies in response to a recent increase awarded city police. Hatcher said […]

Police granted pay raise

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Hours of debating, number-crunching and spirited pleas by Clovis police and concerned citizens came to a head Thursday when incoming District Attorney Matt Chandler addressed the Clovis City Commission. Faced with the strong possiblity the commission would vote to approve the lesser of two salary increases for Clovis police, […]

City reworking police pay scale

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City Commissioner Fred Van Soelen speaks during Tuesday’s Public Safety meeting at city hall. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor City Manager Ray Mondragon told members of the Public Safety Committee that city officials are working on a plan to increase police pay, one he hopes will go before the city […]

Salary lists show citizens where money is going

CNJ editorial T he five-page salary report in today’s paper unveils no huge treasure chest of new informa- tion. It mostly illuminates the usual. However, the findings also tell us that women in many local leadership roles ranked among the top 50 public wage-earners — about half — from the five public institutions we reviewed […]

Extras for public employees include health insurance, retirement plans

Editor’s note: A summary of benefits offered employees of Curry County’s public entities: City of Clovis The city offers its employees three health-insurance plans, life insurance and two retirement plans. The city pays between 61 percent and 84 percent of health insurance depending on the plan chosen. Dental and vision coverage cost extra. The city […]

Educators top pay scale

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By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor From the first day of classes to the last day of finals — and the hot summers in between — top-level educators in Curry County are charged with running our schools. They sit atop education’s vast pyramid, and are the highest-paid public servants in Curry County, earning more than […]

School board addresses salary discrepancy issue

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Clovis school board on Tuesday passed a motion allowing it to rectify salary discrepancies that may have occurred in the calculation of the employee pay schedule this year. “One of the school board members said an employee came to him and said his salary was lower this year […]

County manager’s contract renewed

By Jack King: CNJ Staff Writer Curry County Manager Geneva Cooper’s contract will be automatically renewed today for one year. A May 1, 2001, contract, signed by Cooper and county commissioners, ran until today; it has an option to automatically renew for a one-year term unless either Cooper or the commission delivered a notice of […]