The Roosevelt County Commission on Tuesday voted to accept the attorney services of Randy Knudson, who along with partner Stephen Doerr also represents the city of Portales and Curry County.
Knudson will receive $1,800 for up to 30 hours of work a month he will provide on the county’s behalf.
The commission voted to accept the contract and approved a waiver that states there would be no conflict of interest since Knudson also represents the city, of which the county has entered into legal disputes in the past.
The Portales city council Tuesday night also approved the conflict of interest waiver allowing Knudson to work for both entities.
To seal the bid, county officials settled on a caliche right-of-way dispute with one of Knudson’s clients, county resident Monte Best.
In the settlement, county commissioners voted to get consent from Best for future county projects that may extend to his property.
Knudson will replace longtime county attorney Eric Dixon, who was relieved of his duties on Tuesday.
“We believe he (Knudson) is well qualified and the transition will be smooth and we look forward to working with him,” County Administrator Charlene Hardin said.
Knudson’s services are effective immediately.
Also at the meeting:
The commission voted to block off the Roosevelt County Courthouse parking lot at noon on July 24 to welcome the Newschannel 10’s Summer Celebration Tour to Portales.
The stop in Portales is one of five at cities in New Mexico. The news channel will conduct the evening news from the courthouse, and the city of Portales will have games and vendors set up for the celebration.
“This will be great exposure for Portales and Roosevelt County,” said Kim Huffman, chairman of the Roosevelt County Community Development Center. “The benefits to the community will far outweigh any possible problems with parking.”