By Steve Hansen
QCS Managing Editor
Tucumcari City Manager Doug Powers is stepping down but not stepping out.
While the Tucumcari City Commission voted Thursday to start advertising for Powers’ replacement as city manager, commissioners also voted to keep Powers on the city payroll as assistant city manager after his replacement is found.
In the meantime, Powers will also serve as interim city manager in the time between the expiration of his contract on July 23 and his replacement’s arrival, the commission decided.
“Doug is basically going back to the job he had before” he was named city manager, Mayor Robert Lumpkin said.
Powers, a 20-year city employee, served as head of the city’s community development department before being selected to be city manager in 2010.
In September, Powers was fired on a 3 to 2 vote of the commission but was restored to his position on another 3-2 vote at the following commission meeting.
Powers’ firing and re-hiring touched off several months of stormy city commission meetings that culminated in a recall election in January. In that vote, Second District Commissioner Jimmy Sandoval lost his seat and First District Commissioner Dora Salinas-McTigue retained hers. Salinas- McTigue resigned from the commission in March, citing family health issues.
The advertisement says the city is seeking applicants with “strong leadership, communication, community building skills, the ability to work well with others” and with knowledge of government.
Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree and three years management experience “in various departments.”
Salary is negotiable, starting at $65,000, plus benefits.
Applications are available on the city’s website www.cityoftucumcari.com. Applications may be turned it at Tucumcari City Hall, 215 E. Center St., Tucumcari, or by mail at P.O. Box 1188, Tucumcari, NM 88401, attention: Mayor Robert Lumpkin.
More details are available by calling Mercedes Rudisill at (575) 461-6345.