EPCOG to discuss policies

Eastern Plains Council of Governments’ executive committee is set to meet at 10 a.m. today at 418 Main. Agenda items include a review of personnel policy and discussion of revisions to financial management policies. An executive session is also on the agenda to “discuss threatened or pending litigation, and disposal or acquisition of real property […]

Three communities rejoin EPCOG

CNJ staff Three communities that once declined to be members of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments have opted to rejoin the regional planning agency. Newly-appointed EPCOG Executive Director Sandy Chancey said members of the agency’s executive committee, who met Wednesday, learned the villages of Logan, Mosquero and San Jon are members once again. Chancey […]

Conference geared toward promoting employment of people with disabilities

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson From left, Eastern Plains Council of Governments Information Technology Manager David Brown, Josh Pando of the state’s risk management division and Pat White of the state’s Commission for the Blind plan for Tuesday’s Focusing on Abilities conference at Eastern New Mexico University. Alisa Boswell The Eastern Plains Council of Government […]

EPCOG hosting ‘day of discovery’

CNJ staff The Eastern Plains Council of Governments is sponsoring “A Day of Discovery” to teach participants how to “tap into the richness that people with disabilities bring to our communities, workplaces and organizations,” according to information from EPCOG. The program aims to help people with disabilities find opportunities to work. “A Day of Discovery” […]

EPCOG executive director named

CNJ staff Sandy Chancey has been named executive director of Eastern Plains Council of Governments. The decision came by a vote of the EPCOG board of directors during the agency’s annual meeting Wednesday in Tucumcari. Chancey, who has served as interim director since December, has worked with EPCOG since 2009. “Sandy has been an asset […]

Raymond Mondragon named to EPCOG post

Sharna Johnson Former Clovis police chief and city manager Raymond Mondragon has been hired as economic development director for the Eastern Plains Council of Governments. Mondragon began in the position Monday, replacing Gregg Williams. Interim-Director Sandy Chancey said Williams, who held the position for about four years, left March 25, “parted ways” with EPCOG. Williams […]

EPCOG regains major contract

Sharna Johnson The Eastern Plains Council of Governments has regained a major contract that triggered layoffs when it was lost in December to a competitive bidder. The Eastern Area Workforce Development Board (EAWDB) contract has been returned to the hands of EPCOG, where it is expected to remain for at least 18 months, Interim-Director Sandy […]

Five workers to be laid off after EPCOG contract loss

Sharna Johnson The Eastern Plains Council of Government’s loss of a contract for the Eastern Area Workforce Development Board (EAWDB) means five Clovis workers will lose their jobs. EPCOG bid to continue its role as the administrative and fiscal agent for the EAWDB, however competing bidder New Mexico Tech Net was selected. But at least […]

Former EPCOG executive director files lawsuit

CNJ staff The former executive director of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments has filed a wrongful discharge lawsuit against the agency and his successor. Nick Brady of Clovis filed the civil suit Nov. 12 in 9th Judicial District Court. Brady accuses EPCOG and his successor, EPCOG board member Richard Arguello, of forcing him to […]

EPCOG approves interim director

CNJ staff The Eastern Plains Council of Governments board unanimously appointed Sandy Chancey as interim director during a Wednesday meeting, Chancey, currently serving as executive assistant, will assume the role Dec. 1. She will replace Interim Director Richard Arguello, who recommended her for the position. Arguello, a Union County commissioner, will complete his commission term […]

EPCOG holding special meeting

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern Plains Council of Governments is holding a special meeting Tuesday to consider updated policies. The meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. at 418 Main Street.

Communities recognized for service

CNJ staff Several local communities recently received recognition from the state for outstanding service. The Community Development Branch of the Department of Finance and Administration recognized five communities within the Eastern Plains Council of Governments; Fort Sumner, Portales, Clovis, Mosquero and Tucumcari. Gregg Williams of EPCOG was also acknowledged for his service to the community, […]

EPCOG approves budget, cuts staff

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Interim Director Richard Arguello of Union County, center, directs the Eastern Plains Council of Governments meeting Wednesday at Leal’s Mexican Food Restaurant. The board adopted a reduced budget that will eliminate almost a third of its staff. By Robin Fornoff: Content editor The Eastern Plains Council of Governments cut almost […]

EPCOG chair says no vote needed in firing of former director

By Robin Fornoff: Content editor The chairman of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments board says he exercised “executive privilege” when he fired EPCOG’s former director last fall. Richard Arguello also acknowledges there was never a vote to name Arguello as EPCOG’s interim director but said board members did not object. Details of how Arguello […]

EPCOG holds meeting on personnel issues

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Eastern Plains Council of Governments spent nearly two hours in an executive session Wednesday to discuss personnel matters. Richard Arguello, interim EPCOG director and chairman of the executive committee, did not return a call seeking comment Wednesday following the meeting. Committee member Gary Watkins declined to comment on […]

Former EPCOG worker gets 10 years for embezzling

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Lori Howard looks toward her crying daughters as she is handcuffed Wednesday morning in district court. Howard was sentence to 10 years in prison for embezzling money intended for tornado victims. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Calling Lori Howard a “crook,” District Judge Teddy Hartley sentenced the 40-year-old former […]

EPCOG still without director

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Six months after the dismissal of its director, there doesn’t seem to be much of a hurry to find a new executive director for the Eastern Plains Council of Governments. “As of this point, we haven’t even advertised,” said Richard Arguello of Clayton, EPCOG chairman and acting executive director. […]

EPCOG director: Lunch meeting with county commissioners focused on EPCOG services

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A quorum of Curry County commissioners discussed Eastern Plains Council of Governments services at a private lunch on Tuesday, according to EPCOG’s interim executive director. EPCOG’s Richard Arguello said he had lunch with three commissioners after Tuesday’s County Commission meeting so he could acquaint them with what’s been going […]

Investigation under way of EPCOG-managed funds

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer A federal investigation is under way into the embezzlement of funds being managed through the Eastern Plains Council of Governments. EPCOG Deputy Executive Director Nick Brady said concerns surfaced in March over possibly embezzled funds from a federal rental assistance program managed by EPCOG. As a result, an employee […]

EPCOG director cleared in investigation

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The head of the Eastern Plains Council of Governments has been cleared in an internal investigation and recently returned to his duties, according to organization officials. EPCOG Executive Director Lee Tillman was placed on unpaid leave about two weeks ago while the investigation was conducted, EPCOG Executive Board Chairman […]