County manager reviewing detention center administrator applicants

CNJ file photo County Manager Lance Pyle said he is in the process of reviewing applications for the position of detention center administrator and will begin checking references soon.

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer

The county has received more than a dozen applications for the position of detention center administrator from around the country.

County Manager Lance Pyle said the 13 applicants hail from locations like Virginia, Texas, Arizona, Oregon and more than half are from Clovis.

In August, Administrator Leslie Johnson retired after about two years in the position.

Her assistant, Audrey Barriga, is serving as interim administrator.

Following the Aug. 24 escape of eight inmates from the Curry County Adult Detention Center, Pyle announced the position would be posted.

The posting closed Friday.

Pyle said he is in the process of reviewing the applications and will begin checking references soon.

He hopes to interview between three and five candidates by the first week in November, he said.

Finding an administrator who is creative and can move the facility towards direct supervision is the ultimate goal, he said.

Under direct supervision, detention officers work among inmates rather than observing them through a barrier.

“The next administrator that comes into the facility needs to be creative on ways to manage the inmate population and also work with us on the fact that we have a facility that was built in 1993,” he said.

Johnson was budgeted to receive a salary of $67,184, according to the 2008 county budget.

Pyle said the salary range for the position is between $53,324 and $79,986.

Ideally, Pyle said he would like to have the position filled no later than the first of the year.