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City Commissioners vote to hire new city manager


October 14, 2014

City commissioner John Mihm speaks to newly hired city manager Jared Langenegger.

link City commissioner John Mihm speaks to newly hired city manager Jared Langenegger.

QCS Senior Writer

Tucumcari City commissioners unanimously voted during Thursday night’s meeting to hire Jared Langenegger as the new city manager of Tucumcari.

“I appreciated the commissioners’ confidence in me and I will do my best to do what I can for the citizens of Tucumcari,” Langenegger said.

Langenegger said he knows that he will be answering to the residents of Tucumcari and does not want to disappoint them as he works to help Tucumcari move forward.

Langenegger is currently the region manager for the New Mexico State Parks northeast region.

“The choice to hire Jared was not an easy one, the commission had to spend much time reviewing the candidates to make the right decision,” said Commissioner Ruth Ann Litchfield.

It was a long process to come to a decision to hire Langenegger, “but I am sure that there will be a reward for Tucumcari in the end,” said Commissioner John Mihm.

Mihm said he is thankful for all the support the community has shown as they searched for a new city manager and he looks forward to seeing Tucumcari move forward.

“Just so everyone knows it was a very tedious process to select a new city manager,” said Commissioner Amy Gutierrez.

Gutierrez said commissioners worked together to pick someone that would do their best for the city.

Langenegger will be replacing Doug Powers who announced in June he was stepping down as city manager.

The City Commission voted 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.

“I want to thank the residents of Tucumcari for their show of support for me as city manager,” Powers said. “When I go somewhere and people ask where I am from I proudly say ‘I’m from Tucumcari.’”

In September 2013, 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.

“I was overwhelmed by the way people came out to fight for me,” Powers said. “It really meant a lot to me to have that kind of support from the community.”

Other candidates interviewed for the city manager’s job were:

• Geraldine Marquez, local resident

• Ron Wilmot, representative for Congressman Ben Ray Lujan

• Amiel Curnutt, former city commissioner and mayor.

Meetings watch:

Other items before the commission on Thursday included:

• Approval of Ordinance 1116 franchise granted to Southwestern Public Service Company/Xcel Energy for energy sales in the city.

• Approval of Ordinance 1117 amending city code to prohibit the sale, public display for sale, attempted sale, gift, barter, delivery, possession or use of illicit synthetic drugs and misbranded drugs such as pep, bath salts and iPod cleaner.

• Contract approval with Clovis Media Inc. for online advertising of the Tucumcari Convention Center for $4,720.

• Approval of a grant agreement for $45,3000 to purchase and install meal equipment and improvements of the Tucumcari Senior Center.

• Approved master service agreement with WHPacific to make improvements at the Tucumcari Municipal airport.


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