New director could soon be in place

QCS Reports

The Greater Tucumcari Economic Development Corporation discussed the hiring of a Director of Economic Development at its monthly meeting Tuesday evening.

After beginning a nationwide search with job opening announcements in regional newspapers and Web Sites, 14 candidates were considered. Five of those candidates were chosen for phone interviews.

Three candidates from Houston, Tennessee and Lubbock will have on-site interviews from Sept. 29-Oct. 1. The final decision could come in mid-October.

“The ones we have narrowed it down to will all do a great job,” said treasurer Will Cantrell.

Background and reference checks are currently being administered to the candidates.

A budget of about $15,000 was amended for the entire cost of the search.

“I think people have put their personal business to the side and really concentrated on this issue,” said president Leo Thrasher.