Records: Former Curry County jail administrator allowed to resign following settlement

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CNJ staff Former Curry County jail Administrator Lois Bean was allowed to resign under a settlement reached almost a year after she was fired, according to court records obtained last week by the Clovis New Journal. Bean was also awarded $69,500 and undisclosed attorney fees. Her employment records at the county will also contain what […]

Curry County jail administrator search narrowed to four

Freedom New Mexico Four finalists including Interim Administrator Tori Sandoval were named Friday for the position of jail administrator, according to Curry County Manager Lance Pyle. Pyle identified the other three candidates as Gerry D. Billy of Newark, Ohio; Michael D. William of Selah, Wash., and Joe Sprunk of Albuquerque. Pyle also announced a committee […]

Curry County jail administrator resigns

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Robin Fornoff Curry County jail administrator Keith Norwood resigned effective Tuesday, saying it was time for a change and he was going bow hunting for big game. Norwood, the latest in a string of jail chiefs to leave, said his resignation was voluntary and he was not asked by county officials to leave the post. […]

Our people: Coming full circle

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Melrose native Jamie Widner has been in education as a teacher and administrator for 26 years, all in New Mexico. Coming from a family of 11 children, all who graduated from Melrose High School, he is family-oriented. Widner said the village of Melrose is like a family. “Melrose is a unique small town. Melrose is […]

Children’s home welcomes new administrator

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Argen Duncan The new administrator at the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home is no stranger to Portales and says his life calling is taking care of other people’s children. Randy Rankin, who has 30 years of experience in child care, started work at the home this week. Former administrator Geraldine Dooley retired and moved to […]

Possible drugs found at Curry jail

Freedom New Mexico Jail Administrator Keith Norwood said a detention officer found what appeared to be drugs Thursday in the lobby of the Curry County jail. Records show the discovery was reported just before midnight. Norwood described it as a “medium amount” of an unknown substance. The substance is being tested and the sheriff has […]

ENMU team camps kick off

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico From November to March, Andrew Helton is used to pleading with referees. Come June, he is one. And a teacher. And an administrator. And whatever else needs to be done when it’s camp time for Eastern New Mexico University. This is Helton’s second year running the high school boys […]

Our People: A bridge to the past

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Kenneth Broad has been an administrator of Vi Petty’s estate since 1985, the year after Norman Petty died. Before retiring, Broad was a minister. He also provides tours at the Norman and Vi Petty Recording Studio. Broad moved to Portales 41 years ago. What do you think about Portales? It’s a fine town. It’s a […]

Curry County Sheriff’s Office takes over jail

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A spokesman said Monday that Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray anticipates remaining in command of the jail for up to 90 days, until a new administrator can be hired. The sheriff took over command of the jail early Sunday morning after an escape attempt by four inmates prompted resignations […]

Heartland care center planning therapy room

PNT Staff Reports Heartland Continuing Care Center is remodeling what used to be a hospital emergency room on its campus to become a therapy room for residents and other community members. Administrator Joann Tweedy said the area would provide a simulated living space for physical, occupational, speech and restorative therapy with inpatient and outpatient services.

New hospital administrator discusses goals

By Clarence Plank: PNT Staff Writer New Roosevelt General Hospital Administrator Larry Leaming spoke about his goals of improving the financial situation at the hospital during the RGH board meeting Tuesday. Leaming was hired in December to replace retiring administrator James D’Agostino. He said RGH is an adolescent that needs to look up and figure […]

RGH board chooses new administrator

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Freedom New Mexico Larry E. Leaming of Colorado will be the new Roosevelt General Hospital administrator, the hospital board announced Monday morning. After a brief executive session, board members voted unanimously to hire Leaming. Board President Terry Cone said Leaming’s salary will be $120,000 a year. Leaming replaces retiring Administrator James D’Agostino, who has said […]

Roosevelt County names jail administrator

Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Roosevelt County hired David Casanova to fill the administrator position at the Roosevelt County Detention Center on Tuesday, according to a news release the county sent Wednesday. He is scheduled to start Dec. 21 for a salary of $52,000 per year. Casanova has been in corrections since 2002 and currently […]

RGH meeting canceled

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt General Hospital Board meeting set for Tuesday night was canceled since the board finished interviewing administrator candidates ahead of schedule. The board wrapped up interviews Monday with RGH Chief Financial Officer Eva Stevens and health care administrator Richard Smith of Clovis after candidate Jeff Comer Jr. of Arizona called to […]

Friday Roosevelt jail interim administrator’s last day

PNT staff Friday was Roosevelt County Detention Center Interim Administrator Charles Perez’s last day on the job. County Manager Charlene Hardin said Perez submitted a letter of resignation Nov. 6. She said Perez indicated he wanted to return to law enforcement. “We will have the information about the new administrator on Monday,” Hardin said. Perez […]

Hospital board interviews administrator finalist

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt General Hospital Board interviewed administrator candidate Larry Leaming of Fruita, Colo., Tuesday in a closed session. Board President Terry Cone said the remaining four finalists for the position Administrator James D’Agostino is vacating would be interviewed Friday, Monday and Tuesday. Eva Stevens of Portales, James Faulwell of St. Michael, Minn., […]

Hospital administrator candidates discuss goals

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The five finalists for the opening administrator position at Roosevelt General Hospital hail from around the country, including two from the local area, and have differing types of experience. W. Jeff Commer Jr. Commer, of Tucson, Ariz., is the founder and owner of Southwest Business Facilitation LLC, which provides […]

Hospital board chooses finalists

PNT staff reports The Roosevelt General Hospital Board chose five finalists to possibly replace retiring administrator James D’Agostino in executive session Tuesday night at the hospital. Finalists are: • RGH Chief Financial Officer Eva Stevens of Portales • Richard L. Smith of Clovis • Larry Leaming of Colorado • James Faulwell of Minnesota • Jeff […]

Detention center administrator resigns

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer The Roosevelt County Detention Center administrator has left to take another job. County Manager Charlene Hardin said former administrator Don Burdine’s last day was Saturday. Assistant Administrator Charles Perez is filling in until the county hires a permanent replacement for Burdine. “I just got an opportunity to join with […]

RGH looking to replace retiring administrator

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Roosevelt General Hospital Board is looking into the many ways available to find a replacement for retiring Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino. Covenant Health System has already posted the announcement for the position on its Web site, and the hospital is posting it internally for the staff to consider. At […]