Curnutt selected as new mayor

Thomas Garcia

It was down to business Thursday for the newly sworn in city commissioners Daniel Lopez and Dora Salinas Mctigue.

McTigue and Lopez were sworn in at a workshop at City Hall before their first commission meeting.

The meeting was chaired by senior commissioner Robert Lumpkin, who welcomed the new commissioners.

“I’d like to take this time to welcome you as commissioners,” Lumpkin said. “With that, we need to get right down to business.”

The commissioners discussed several items during the workshop, primarily the reorganization of the commission.

Amiel Curnutt was selected as new mayor, and Lopez as mayor pro tem, based on the nomination of Lumpkin. The city commission elects each position from within the commission body during each new term, but previous Mayor Jim Witcher and Mayor Pro Tem Antonio Apodaca were defeated in re-election bids by Lopez and Salinas McTigue, respectively.

Lopez said he was honored that commissioner Lumpkin recommended him for mayor pro tem, but asked Curnutt about his goals and vision’s for city growth and success.

Curnutt said he may not be as vocal as some of the other commissioners, but the city’s growth is a high priority to him.

“I let my actions speak for me,” Curnutt said.

The reorganization took effect in the open meeting following the workshop, where it was approved unanimously.

Lopez expressed his thanks to the voters.

“I want the residents of Tucumcari to hold us accountable,” Lopez said. “Hold us accountable for our promises and actions. Only together can we work towards positive change.”

McTigue also extended a thanks to the voters.

“I want to thank everyone who voted for me,” McTigue said. “I want the citizens to come to me with any of their concerns. We are going to work to make Tucumcari better.”

The remainder of the meeting included a review of the renovations and application of funding for Tucumcari’s Municipal Airport.