Updated at 11 a.m. Friday
By Steve Hansen
QCS Managing Editor
Amy Gutierrez District 2 Commissioner Thursday on a unanimous vote of the Tucumcari City Commission.
Gutierrez will fill out the term of recalled commissioner Jimmy Sandoval, which ends in 2016.
Gutierrez, 41, is an operations supervisor at the First National Bank of New Mexico in Tucumcari.
In the 2012 general election, Sandoval beat Gutierrez by a single vote in a 36-35 contest.
“I am honored to be chosen,” Gutierrez said after her appointment was announced. “I will do my best. I want to thank the community for having faith in me.”
Gutierrez was one of two candidates who expressed interest in the commission seat. The other was Jonathan Brito, 22, who is a behavior management specialist for Turquoise Health and Wellness in Tucumcari.
Both were interviewed by the commission in a work session before the commission’s Feb. 13 meeting.
Commissioner Robert Lumpkin nominated Gutierrez, pointing out that she had run in 2012 and lost by the narrowest of margins. He congratulated Gutierrez and Brito for “stepping up” to seek the position.
First District Commissioner Dora Salinas-McTigue seconded Lumpkin’s motion. Salinas-McTigue had allied with Sandoval on several votes, including the dismissal of City Manager Doug Powers, who was retained in a later vote last fall, and matters relating to allocation of Lodger’s Tax funds. Salinas-McTigue retained her seat in January’s recall voting.
In discussion before the voting, all the commissioners praised both Gutierrez and Brito for their willingness to serve.
“It’s a hard job,” Mayor Amiel Curnutt said, “and sometimes thankless.”