City to broaden city manager search

by Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun

The Tucumcari City Commission has decided to revise its search for a new city manager, said Mayor Mary Mayfield on Friday.

“We decided we need to broaden the search,” Mayfield said.
The commissioners are searching for a replacement for the current city manager, Richard Primrose, who leaves his post at the end of this month to become the Quay County manager on March 1.

The four applicants were notified by mail this week of the changes.

After applicants had applied for the post, Primrose released the names of four individuals after the Jan. 25 City Commission meeting. They were to be interviewed today for the post. Being considered were:

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

Instead, Mayfield said, she and the commissioners would meet in a closed executive session for discussion that would cover how the commission would re-advertise the position, what criteria it would use to evaluate applicants and other personnel matters regarding the position.

Selecting a new city manager, “is one of the most important things to do as a city commissioner.”

Mayfield also said it was important “to get exactly the right person” and for the momentum on work and projects that Primrose has started to continue.

Mayfield cited projects such as the MainStreet redevelopment program that received state approval late last year.

The new process could lengthen the time it takes for the city to replace Primrose and the commissioners would need to address this at its next meeting, Mayfield said.