Search for jail administrator continues

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Curry County continues to accept applications for its vacant jail administrator job. The position has been vacant since September, when the county dismissed former administrator Lois Bean. Sheriff Matt Murray has had oversight of the jail since four inmates attempted to escape Feb. 21. That incident led to the […]

Sheriff proposes sending inmates to other jails

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer In the 10 days since Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray took over command of the jail, he says deputies have discovered a complete contradiction to what the former interim administrator was telling county commissioners. Speaking Tuesday to commissioners, Murray said he found a jail understaffed, with poorly trained personnel […]

Concerns about inmate furloughs addressed

CNJ staff Interim Administrator Carlos Ortiz says the Curry County jail is fully staffed and he is addressing several serious issues recently discovered with furloughs. Ortiz’ disclosures were part of a presentation Tuesday to county commissioners. It is the first time in years the jail has had all positions filled, Ortiz told commissioners. Ortiz said […]

Friday Roosevelt County jail interim administrator’s last day

Freedom New Mexico Friday was Roosevelt County Detention Center Interim Administrator Charles Perez’s last day on the job.County Manager Charlene Hardin said Perez submitted a letter of resignation Nov. 6. She said Perez indicated he wanted to return to law enforcement. “We will have the information about the new administrator on Monday,” Hardin said. Perez […]

Ortiz vies for jail administrator position

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Lt. Holly MIttlemark talks with an inmate at the Curry County Adult Detention Center Thursday afternoon. Communicating with the inmates on a regular bases is critical to maintaining control of the jail according to Interim Administrator Carlos Ortiz. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Interim jail administrator Carlos Ortiz has […]

Freedom names interim CEO

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Freedom Communications Inc., parent company of the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune and Quay County Sun, named an interim CEO Wednesday, tapping the former publisher of The Dallas Morning News. Burl Osborne will take over in July for Scott Flanders, who is leaving after 3 1/2 years in the job to […]

Police chief candidates narrowed to eight

By Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer The field of applicants vying for the position of Clovis Police Chief has narrowed from 29 to eight, according to City Manager Joe Thomas. Interviews are being scheduled, he said. Six of the candidates hail from communities across the country while two are New Mexico residents, including Clovis interim […]

Interim police chief named

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Courtesy photo: Clovis Police Department Mike Ingram has been appointed interim Clovis police chief and will serve until a candidate is selected to fill the position, city officials said. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Veteran officer Mike Ingram was appointed Monday as the interim chief of the Clovis Police Department, according to a press […]

Legislator priorities

Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales District 27 — Chaves, Curry, De Baca and Roosevelt counties Senator since 1985 Occupation: Farmer Capitol office: (505) 986-4702 Home: 356-3088 e-mail: stuartingle@nmlegis.gov Committee membership • Capital Outlay Subcommittee, advisory (interim) • Capitol Buildings Planning Commission, (interim) • Committees’ Committee • Corporations and Transportation • Economic and Rural Development, advisory (interim) […]

Pyle promoted to county manager

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Curry County commissioners stayed in-house and hired Lance Pyle as the county manager Tuesday during an executive session. Pyle has served as the interim county manager since Dick Smith resigned in October. Pyle, 27, will earn about $87,500 a year, according to county officials. “We decided rather than go […]