Hardin’s contract renewed

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor

Following a lengthy executive session, Roosevelt County Commissioners voted unanimously to renew County Manager Charlene Hardin’s contract for four years.

“We’re all extremely satisfied with the county manager and pleased with the work she’s done,” said long-time commissioner David Sanders.

As a part of the contract, Hardin’s salary will rise from $62,885 to $70,000 per year, according to commissioners.

“When looking at what other city and county managers make around the state, it’s only right that she be moved up,” Commissioner Dennis Lopez said.

Hardin said she has held the position of county manager for the six-and-a-half years. Her most recent contract was for a two-year period with previous contracts being annual.

“I work for a great board,” Hardin said. “I couldn’t ask for a better board to work with. We all have a common goal and we work together.”

In other business commissioners:

• Approved a memorandum of agreement with the New Mexico Finance Authority related to road work on Roosevelt Road 7 approved by the Legislature.

• Approved capital cooperative agreements with the New Mexico Department of Transportation for 2007 legislative appropriations.

• Approved three resolutions related to acceptance of the Community Development Block Grant the county sponsored, which will be used for Elida water system improvements.

• Approved a resolution opposing federal proposals affecting payments by Medicaid and Medicare to public providers. Indigent Fund director Vicki Aguilar, along with county lobbyist Mike Miller, told commissioners current proposals could endanger the Sole Community Provider funds the county administrates in support of Roosevelt General Hospital.

• Approved purchase of two storage containers from Transmatic of Clovis with the stipulation that arrangements be made to have the units placed on concrete pads when they’re delivered. Sanders suggested possibly using trustee labor from the Roosevelt County Detention Center to pour the concrete.