County taps Cunningham for interim city manager

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun

Wayne Cunningham will come into the Quay County manager’s office today as the interim county manager, said Franklin McCasland, chair of the Quay County Commission.

The Quay County Commission agreed during Monday’s meeting to offer the interim county manager position to Cunningham.

His salary has not yet been determined, McCasland said, adding that “he never even asked.”

McCasland said that Cunningham was expected to meet today with county attorney Don Schutte and that an letter of understanding between Cunningham and the board would be drafted.

It’s expected that Cunningham would receive the same pay as Terry Turner, about $60,000 annually for a 40-hour work week, McCasland said, adding that the final details would have to be worked out.

“Wayne wants to help out the county. He’s got over 40 years experience in public service. And he’s agreed to help us out until we can find a permanent replacement. We’re going to take our time and find the right person to fill the job. It’s going to be hard to find the right person to fill Terry’s shoes,” McCasland said.

Cunningham could not be reached for comment.
The county manager’s position became vacant when Terry Turner died of a heart attack on Aug. 30.

Until Aug. 31, Cunningham served as the general manager of the Arch Hurley Conservancy District. He was dismissed by the Arch Hurley board for reasons that the board not did not disclose.

McCasland served as chair of that board, but resigned that position on Aug. 15 saying that he was interested in the interim manager position for Arch Hurley. On Sept. 5, the board selected Mark Precidaco, a ditch rider and foreman for Arch Hurley, as its interim general manager.

In the meantime, the commission is querying the New Mexico Association of Counties about the proposed language for an advertisement for a full-time county manager, McCasland said.

In other business before the commission, the following items were approved:

l An Infrastructure Capital Improvements Plan (ICIP) that is intended to be a long-range capital planning and budgeting tool.

l NIMS (National Incident Management System) as the standard operating procedure for all incident management in the county.

NIMS is a directive of the Department of the Homeland Security so that nationwide, all federal, state and local agencies are working together to prevent and respond to any incidents.

All employees should also take a test via the Internet on NIMS, said Donald Adams, Quay County fire marshal. Adams said that a memo would go out to all employees advising them of the procedure to take the test.

l The certificate of tax rates from the Quay County Assessor’s office. For the tax year 2006, the net taxable value is $121,516,689, according to the assessor’s report.
l A $1,000 payment to the New Mexico State Library. The funds will be used for the Bookmobile that makes various stops in Quay County.

l An intent to seek disaster funding for the county because of the condition of roads, so that it can apply for federal funds for road repairs.