New Tucumcari city manager named

Chelle Delaney

Bobbye Rose, the current manager of the Village of San Jon, has been named the new city manager of Tucumcari.

City Commissioners met Monday night, reviewed applications, interviewed Rose, and voted on her hiring.

According to a verbal agreement between Rose and the commission, her salary will be $70,000, said Rose Tuesday.

Rose, 55, will start the job on March 30, according to a press release from the city.

“Whatever it entails to do the job, I’ll do it,” Rose said.

For the past several months Tucumcari Fire Chief Mike Cherry has been serving as acting city manager. The contract of the former city manager, John Sutherland, was terminated in early January by the commission.

Rose, who has served for the past 20 years as San Jon’s village manager with staff of three, will be overseeing a city government with a budget of $22 million and 20 department heads with a staff of about 140.

In her interview, Rose said the commissioners stressed communications and a open door policy.

“I certainly want to keep the board advised of things that happen so that they can make educated decisions,” she said.