Fairgrounds manager: ‘Time to do something else’

Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico

Curry County Fairgrounds Manager Justus Anderson said Monday he’s resigned because he wanted to work under contract instead of as an employee.

Anderson, the fairgrounds manager for 14 months, gave notice on Dec. 10 and his last day was Friday.

“I just wasn’t enjoying it as much as I used to. I finally decided it was time to do something else,” the retired Air Force chief master sergeant said.

“I’m going to relax and enjoy Christmas,” Anderson said of his immediate plans.

County Manager Lance Pyle said last week the county has notified state police it may be missing funds from fair revenues.

Anderson said he’s been asked not to comment on the investigation but said it is not related to his resignation.

“I’m not running from anything. I’ve made myself available for anything they need to know,” he said.

County Attorney Stephen Doerr has said no county officials are being investigated.

County Finance Manager Mark Lansford said he is conducting an internal review and will turn his findings over to the county manager, probably this week.

Lansford said the county made about $148,700 in ticket sales and carnival rides this year, compared to $97,700 in 2006, when heavy rains limited attendance.