McDaniel announces candidacy for county commission

CMI staff Clovis businessman Ben McDaniel said Friday that he will be a candidate for Curry County Commissioner Dan Stoddard’s seat. It is McDaniel’s first bid for county office. Stoddard has already said he will be filing for re-election. Both are Republicans. All candidates for county and state office must file Tuesday at the Curry […]

Tempers flare over question of raise for county manager

Robin Fornoff Confusion over whether County Manager Lance Pyle was included in a recent 2 percent cost of living raise granted all county employees had tempers flaring Tuesday among Curry County commissioners. The question was raised by Commissioner Dan Stoddard regarding a Dec. 20 vote to grant the raise to all employees. Stoddard said it […]

Weekly update — Dec. 25

Commissioner: Investigation wasted county money Commissioner Dan Stoddard wants it known that he thinks Curry County wasted $4,800 spent on an internal investigation last month over allegations he created a hostile work environment. Stoddard says he paid a Dallas law firm out of his own pocket to look at conclusions reached by a county consultant. […]

Report: Commissioner may have created hostile work environment

Robin Fornoff A private consultant has concluded Curry County Commissioner Dan Stoddard may have created a hostile work environment for county employees in his treatment of County Manager Lance Pyle. The consultant’s report, obtained Monday by the CNJ through a state Open Records request, notes that while Stoddard’s behavior probably doesn’t rise to the level […]

City commissioner selected as committee chair

CNJ staff City of Clovis and Curry County Commissioner Dan Stoddard has been selected to serve as chairman of Leadership New Mexico’s Local Government Leadership Program Committee. Founded in 1995, Leadership New Mexico is a nonprofit that has provided a nonpartisan perspective on statewide topics of concern and opportunities for improvement, according to a press […]

County manager’s emails rankle commissioner

Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioner Dan Stoddard said he is frustrated with County Manager Lance Pyle after Stoddard’s request for jail figures sparked a series of emails among county officials questioning his loyalties. Pyle said he was only trying to ensure the release of accurate information. In February, the commission voted to give Pyle the […]

Business digest: Locals graduate from program

Locals graduate from program Curry County Treasurer Bernice Baker and Clovis City Commissioner Dan Stoddard are among the 23 statewide professionals who recently graduated from Leadership New Mexico’s Local Government Leadership Program, according to a release from Leadership New Mexico. The program is a partnership between the New Mexico Association of Counties, the New Mexico […]

Garza, Madrid, Stoddard win commission seats

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks From left to right, Claire Burroughes, Clovis community director, Joanne King, election deputy clerk, Joe Thomas, city manager, watch as city clerk Leighann Melancon tallies ballots Tuesday night at city hall. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Voters returned two incumbents, and added another Curry County commissioner to the ranks […]

County commissioner to run for city post

CNJ staff Dan Stoddard is hoping he can be the second Clovis resident to be a part of both the city and county commissions. Stoddard, an assisted living facility owner, intends to file Tuesday for the open seat in the Clovis City’s Commission’s fourth district. “This community’s been very good to me,” said Stoddard, who […]

Curry County centennial celebration events start Saturday

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Members of the Curry County Centennial Committee met Monday at the Curry County Events Center to make final plans and to get an update on the April 18th activities. CNJ staff Curry County is set to kick off its commemoration of 100 years of history later this week, a start […]