Curry County manager to resign

CNJ Staff

Curry County Manager Dick Smith has submitted his letter of resignation, County Commissioner Robert Sandoval confirmed Friday.

Sandoval said he received a call from County Commission Chairman Albin Smith on Thursday informing him Dick Smith had written a letter of resignation.

Attempts to contact Dick Smith on Friday were unsuccessful.

Assistant County Manager Lance Pyle directed questions regarding Dick Smith’s resignation to Albin Smith, who declined to comment.

Pyle said as of Friday, Dick Smith is still county manager and no announcements have been made to the contrary.

“I met with him this morning (to discuss county business). He is still county manager and he is still performing his duties,” Pyle said.

As county manager, Dick Smith answers directly to the County Commission, Pyle said.

Pyle said a special meeting of the Curry County Commission has been scheduled for Wednesday to discuss limited personnel matters in an executive session. He would not say if Smith’s status as county manager would be discussed.

Pyle said Dick Smith’s contract with the county requires him to give the Commission a minimum of 60 days notice in the event of his resignation.

Commissioners can elect to reduce the minimum notification, he said.

Dick Smith’s contract was renewed in July for a period of 12 months. He became county manager Jan. 3, 2005, Pyle said. Dick Smith’s annual salary is $102,000, the contract states.

Commissioner Tim Ashley declined to comment and Commissioner Frank Blackburn could not be reached for comment.

Sandoval said he had no additional information.