Jail employees reprimanded after hearings

Freedom New Mexico It appears more than one Curry County jail employee has been fired and others have been either demoted, suspended or hit with salary reductions. The information was part of a brief press release issued Friday by County Manager Lance Pyle. Pyle declined to identify employees affected, citing personnel policy. He also declined [...]

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 [...]

Melrose village council fills vacancy

Freedom New Mexico The city of Melrose selected C.C. Pyle Thursday night to fill its vacant village council position. Pyle, a retired Clovis police captain and the father of former Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle, was chosen by Mayor Tuck Monk from a field of four applicants. Monk said Pyle’s dedication to the village over the [...]

Judge rules against former Melrose police chief

District Judge Drew Tatum has granted a request by the Village of Melrose for summary judgment in a complaint filed by former Police Chief Michael Trammell against the village and Mayor Lance Pyle. In effect, Trammell’s complaint of wrongful termination was tossed out by Tatum, at least in respect to Melrose. The State of New [...]

Jail administrator position open for applicants

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico County Manager Lance Pyle said the position of Curry County Adult Detention Center administrator would be opened for applicants Wednesday. Pyle said he has also appointed Curry County Sheriff’s Deputy Keith Bessette as interim assistant administrator. Pyle said he decided to post the position because, “it’s in the best [...]

Job-seeking Melrose police chief faces decision

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Melrose Police Chief Lee Ferguson has a decision to make — give up his candidacy for De Baca County sheriff, take a leave of absence without pay, or resign, according to village policy. And he’s decided he won’t give up his run for sheriff. “I’m still running for sheriff, [...]

Attorney looking into fair funds

Freedom New Mexico Curry County Attorney Stephen Doerr has taken the lead in the investigation into possible missing county funds, County Manager Lance Pyle said Friday. Pyle said he would not comment on any other aspect of the investigation, including whether or not there is money missing. He referred all inquiries to Doerr, who did [...]

Good help hard to find for many reasons

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico There may be different theories on why good help is hard to find. However, there is one thing experts seem to agree on — low unemployment in the region makes it harder. As of July, unemployment in Curry and Roosevelt Counties was just over 3 percent. Of those who [...]

Former police chief intends to sue village, mayor

Freedom Newspapers The former police chief of the village of Melrose intends to sue the village and its mayor. According to a Jan. 19 letter from the Harmon Law Office in Clovis to Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle, Michael J. Trammell has asserted a tort claim in reference to the village terminating his employment. Trammell was [...]

Embattled police chief resigns

Freedom Newspapers Facing charges of seven counts of cruelty to animals, Melrose’s police chief resigned Friday, according to the village mayor. Mike Trammell, 36, had been on administrative leave since his Oct. 11 arrest on the charges. Trammell’s wife, Marna Pyle-Trammell, declined comment Friday. Melrose Mayor Lance Pyle said Trammell was not asked to resign. [...]