Jena Wilbanks named interim county manager

By Lillian Bowe
Staff writer
lbowe@pntonline

Roosevelt County Manager Charlene Webb’s letter of resignation was accepted by Roosevelt County Commissioners on Thursday at a special meeting. The county’s Human Resources Director Jena Wilbanks was named interim manager.

Webb received the Grant County manager job on Tuesday and her last day as Roosevelt County manager will be Aug. 28.
Webb has been county manager since 2001 and said she is a native of Grant County, so the new job will be closer to home.
“I’m excited for the new opportunity,” Webb said.

Wilbanks, a native of Portales, said she is ready for the new opportunity. Wilbanks has been working as Webb’s executive assistant for two-and-half years and in December she became the county’s human resource manager.

“We are going to miss (Webb), but she has left us the tools to be successful in her absence,” Wilbanks said.
When applications for a new manager are presented, Wilbanks said she will apply. Wilbanks said she has wanted to be a county manager for a while as she will have the opportunity to help the community she grew up in.

“I feel like this is an amazing job. I have the ability to make Roosevelt County a better place to raise a family,” Wilbanks said.
Wilbanks said she plans on staying in Portales for a while to raise her three girls.
Wilbanks received her business administration degree from Eastern New Mexico University.