Four finalists named for city manager

By QCS Staff

QCS Staff
The selection committee for Tucumcari city manager has four finalists to be interviewed for the job on Feb. 3:

• Doug Powers, director of the city’s Community Development Department.

• Marty Garcia,the city’s fianance department director

• Lawrence Ham, chief of the Tucumcari Police Department

• Rex Kirksey, superintendent of the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center in Clovis and Tucumcari.

City manager Richard Primrose released the names following Thursday’s night City Commission meeting.

The position of city manager became open when Richard Primrose was offered the job of Quay County manager in December. Primrose gave 90 days notice and is to assume the county’s manager post on April 1.

Marty Garcia
Marty Garcia, 46, has worked for the city of Tucumcari for 20 years. He was promoted to finance director in April 1995 and assigned to the post of assistant manager in 1998. He is in his fifth year of his second four-year term as a member of the board of the Tucumcari Public Schools.

“We’ve been doing a lot of good things, and I’m confident that with my knowledge and experience, we can continue and move forward with economic development and other programs.”

Larry Ham
Larry Ham, 53, Tucumcari Police Chief joined the department in June 2005. Before that, he was with the Silver City Police Department for 10 years, where he last served as a lieutenant and the operations commander. He has been in law enforcement for more than 18 years. He also worked for Borg Warner as a regional manager for its west coast operations involving its security businesses.

“I want to apply my education and experience for fulfilling the goals of the city commission and, in so doing, trying to bring new businesses into the community and increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of the city’s operations and administration.”

Rex Kirksey
Rex E. Kirksey, 51, has served for 26 years as superintendent of the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at Tucumcari and four years as superintendent at Clovis. He has also served 16 years on the board, currently as chairman, of the Tucumcari Public Schools Board.

“Tucucmari has become home to me and I would like to use my management skills and leadership abilities to improve services and foster economic development in Tucumcari.”

Doug Powers
Doug Powers, 54, has been director of the city’s Community Development Department for about seven years. He has worked for the city of Tucumcari for nearly 15 years, including an eight-month stint as interim city manager. Powers is in his second year of a four-year term as a member of the Board of Tucumcari Public Schools. He has served for 11 years as the chairman of the Northeast Regional Planning Organization.

“This is my home. This is where I plan to be. I enjoy working for the citizens of Tucumcari.”