Partner sought for DWI program

By Thomas Garcia: Quay County Sun

The Quay County DWI Task Force has formed a committee to ask city commissioners to become their fiscal agent at the commissioner’s next meeting on Feb. 8.

Quay County is currently the DWI’s fiscal agent, but at the last meeting of the Quay County Commission it was decided that the county would no longer serve as DWI’s agent, effective July 1.

The county said that serving as the agent took too many man hours.

At the DWI Task Force meeting on Monday, Noreen Hendrickson, DWI coordinator, said, “Between $88,000 and $108,000 comes to Quay County with the DWI program in competitive grants. If the program no longer exists, that money would not be available to be used for the screening and treatment of offenders, pay the DWI court compliance officer, prevention programs and the coordination, planning and evaluation of programs in the county.”

The committee — all members of the DWI Task Force — is to put together and present a information packet, detailing the need and duties of the DWI program to the city commissioners, and to request that they become the task force’s new fiscal agent.

Serving on the committee are: Task Force Chairperson Pam Tompkins of the New Mexico Health Department, Alida Brown of Quay County Maternal Child and Community Health Council (MCCH), Tara Hatfield of the Quay County Sun, Lt. Cleo Baker of the New Mexico Sate Police, Jessie Robbinson of MCCH, Matt Montoya of the Child Youth and Family Services and Catherine Bugg of KTNM radio.

The DWI Task Force’s next meeting is noon Feb. 9 at K-Bobs Restaurant.