By Marc Schoder: PNT Correspondent
When Sharon King retired from Eastern New Mexico University in May, her original plan was to relax.
Instead, she took over as Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce manager on June 1.
The self-proclaimed scooter fanatic said she was going to travel and take time away from work when she first retired, but a phone call showed that life had other plans for her.
“When (RCC Chairman) Kim Huffman … called me to offer the position,” King said, “I was excited about the offer and the fact of getting to work with the wide variety of people on an everyday basis.”
King, who has lived in Portales all of her life, said she felt she was a natural fit for the position, because she understands the people of Portales.
“My parents had businesses here in Portales when I was growing up, so I have been around this community all of my life,” she said.
The new chamber manager said she sees the chamber is working for Portales and Roosevelt County in a positive direction.
“Our long-term goals are to bring businesses and to keep young people in this area,” said King. “We are also spending our efforts getting chamber members, as well as members of the community into one of the larger issues that affect our area right now (the possible closure of Cannon Air Force Base).”
Meanwhile, ENMU co-workers said King will be missed.
“In her position of grants coordinator at the university, she was one of those who went out of her way …,” said Manuel Varela, assistant professor of biology at ENMU. “She didn’t just type them up. She assisted in the forming of the budget and she gives way more than what she was ever asked for.”
Varela said King was a problem solver.
“It will take four or five people to fill the position that Sharon King held (at ENMU),” Varela said.