New city manager to make $70,000 annually

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun

An employment agreement with John Sutherland, who was picked as the new city manager by the Tucumcari City Commission, will pay Sutherland $70,000 per year.
The employment agreement is to be reviewed by the City Commission at its meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

Sutherland, who is from Flagstaff, Ariz., is to start employment with the city May 1.

Richard Primrose, who left the city to work as county manager with Quay County, was making $60,500 plus an $8,200 benefits package annually when he left the city position earlier this year.

In addition to his salary, Sutherland will receive a relocation allowance up to $4,000.

According to the agreement, Sutherland:
• is eligible to receive up to 80 hours paid time off during his first year.

• meets on a quarterly basis with commission to review the city manager’s progress.

• has a term of employment for two years, that can be renewed by the city. Certain provisions also apply if Sutherland or the city wish to terminate the agreement prior to the end of the two-year period.

• is eligible to receive the same benefits as other city employees.
The city moved back its budget work sessions for fiscal year 2007-
2008 from late April to May 7 and 8, so that Sutherland could attend.

Sutherland’s most recent post was at the Village of Kykotsmovi, a Native American government, in Arizona about 100 miles northeast of Flagstaff. There, he was manager of the Department of Administrative and Technical Services.

Prior to that, he was vice president of administration and finance at Dine College, Tsaile, Ariz., general manager of Sonjon Enterprises, Inc. of Davenport, Iowa, and controller at Enviromark, also of Davenport.