Tucumcari City Manager Bobbye Rose said Friday that she has applied for the position of the Lincoln County Manager.
“This is in no way a resignation on my part,” Rose said. “I am merely keeping my options open.”
Rose is one of 19 applicants for the position, said Billie-Jo Guevara with Lincoln County Human Resources.
Guevara said County Commissioners met in executive session to review the applications for county manager.
“The commissioners will meet again in executive session on Sept. 20 to decide which applicants are finally invited for interview,” Guevara said.
Rose said she informed the Tucumcari City Commissioners of her application for the manager’s position on Thursday.
“We had no prior indication Bobbye was going to or had applied for another job,” said Commissioner Robert Lumpkin.
Rose said her position as city manager is an at-will appointed position.
“Because of my at-will status I will always look for opportunities and have a contingency plan,” Rose said. “I have applied for positions in the Ruidoso area, however, I am not unhappy in my position at Tucumcari.”
Rose said city managers have to make some tough decisions and recommendations to the commission that affect people’s lives. She said these decisions are not always popular with all the community nor with all the Commission.
“As the manager I plan for good times in Tucumcari,” Rose said. “I must also have a contingency plan when times are not so good.”
Rose said this type of planning is also applied in her personal life.
“ I feel I must also have a contingency plan,” Rose said. “Tucumcari has been great to me. I will continue to do my best at whatever I do.”
Ruidoso Public Works Director Randall Camp; Sierra County Manager Janet Porter-Carrejo; Michael H. Ciesielski, chief operations officer for the New Mexico Community Health Worker Association; James E. Davidson of High Rolls, senior research scientist at New Mexico State University; Ronald J. Dunn of Midland, Texas, chief operating officer and vice-president for the Green Tree Country Club; Richard T. Hellner of Roswell, former chief executive officer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern New Mexico; Justin King of Alto, assistant utilities director and project manager, Village of Ruidoso; Kelly Kuenstler of Las Cruces, director, Administrative Office of the District Attorneys; Gerald Lucero of Albuquerque, former senior program manager for Arcadis-US; Michael G. Miller of Alcalde, former executive director of the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council, Inc.; William Morris of Ruidoso, director of planning and zoning and the building department, Town of Taos; Anthony J. Mortillaro of Santa Fe, interim executive director for North Central Regional Transit District; Walter K. Munchheimer of Eureka, Calif., former director of financial management, Palm Beach County, Fla.; Melvin Patterson of Albuquerque, regional director for Center for Municipal Solutions; Arthur J. Smith of Ramah, supervisory accountant, U.S .Forest Service, Albuquerque; John R. Sutherland, Jr. of Deming, former Luna County Manager; Nita Taylor of Albuquerque, association specialist, New Mexico Association of Counties; Andrew R. Vermes, Jr. of Pelham Manor, N.Y., managing director Fundamental Review North America & Global Credit Liaison, Citigroup, N.Y.