FNNM gets new business manager

CNJ staff Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico has hired a new business manager. Kevin Cooper, 48, began work in the Clovis office on Jan. 10. A former staff sergeant in the Army, Cooper has 19 years experience in accounting and has managed small to large numbers of people throughout his career. “Kevin’s computer and organizational […]

Ranch boy goes from peace officer to city manager

Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist T his is briefly how Joseph C. Thomas, a ranch boy, from Norton in Quay Valley, some 25 miles southeast of Tucumcari, came to be in Clovis. Isom H. Thomas and three of his sons, sometime between 1912 and 1913, came from Roger Mills County in Oklahoma to homestead in New […]

City year in review: Police granted raise after much debate

Clovis Police Chief Bill Carey fought for raises for his officers, as seen here at a Public Safety Committee meeting in October. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Clovis City Commissioner Isidro Garcia didn’t like the idea of funding a giant pay increase for Clovis police. The $714,000 was unbudgeted money, […]

City manager known for his communication skills

Clovis City Manager Ray Mondragon, left, jokes with his secretary Vicki Reyes Thursday in his office at city hall while thanking his employees for their service over the years. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor On Ray Mondragon’s desk in city hall, phone messages from residents pile up on a note […]

Reader Reaction: Readers split over city-manager call

Compiled by CNJ Editor David Stevens A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked, “What do you think about the city hiring Joe Thomas as city manager without looking for outside applicants?” Some responses: “JOE GOES BACK A long way in this city … The City Commission (and its residents) were very happy with Raymond Mondragon’s […]

Commission acts swiftly to replace city manager

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor More than 30 years ago, Joe Thomas came to Clovis to pursue a career in law enforcement. His plan was to work as a patrolman with the Clovis Police Department for a few years, then return home to Tucumcari and run for sheriff of Quay County. The plan never […]

City manager leaving office

Ray Mondragon has served as the city manager since 2001 and worked for the city for 30 years. By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer As a young boy, Ray Mondragon picked onion and cotton fields as a migrant worker’s son. At 16, he took a job as dispatcher with the Clovis Police Department. He worked […]

County manager leaving early

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent Geneva Cooper has decided to make Monday her last day as Curry County manager, which will leave the county without a manager for just over a month. Dick Smith won’t start in the county manager’s position until Jan. 3. Ironically, it’s because Smith is not available to begin in December […]

County narrows manager search to four

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Curry County has narrowed its list of candidates for county manager to four. Candidates being considered to succeed Geneva Cooper when she retires in December are: • Roosevelt County Administrator Charlene Hardin; • Capt. Chris L. Pacheco of the national guard; • Curry County special projects coordinator and purchasing […]

Nine apply for county manager position

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Curry County manager’s office is on the cusp of a regime change, and the seated county commissioners have never been through this process before. Commissioners have not formally discussed the applicants or the transition process, but when they meet again on Tuesday they will introduce their ideas for […]

County manager applications due

CNJ STAFF REPORTS Curry County officials say they will review applications for a new county manager on Monday and hope to begin interviews for the position two weeks later. The deadline to apply for the position is 5 p.m. on Friday. The position became open in September when County Manager Geneva Cooper announced her resignation […]

No more ‘Cooper County’

Curry County Manager Geneva Cooper talks with Lance Pyle, executive assistant and indigent specialist, Friday in the Curry County Courthouse. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Top-level officials like Curry County Manager Geneva Cooper are becoming a statistical rarity. She got married when she was a junior at Portales High School. […]

County manager resigning

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer After 15 years as Curry County manager, Geneva Cooper took a deep breath and read aloud her resignation to the commission Tuesday. Cooper has worked for the county 18 years. She announced her resignation effective Dec. 17. “I think it is just time I retire and pursue some other […]

Business continues to grow in Clovis

IHOP officials are hoping the restaurant being built on North Prince Street will be open by the first week of November. The national restaurant chain is expected to employee 40-50 workers. (Staff photo by Tova Fruchtman) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer While one national retailer is set to move out of town, several others […]

Chamber nurtured early Clovis growth

Don McAlavy A lot of people in Clovis today may not remember Bob Spencer. He was manager of the Chamber of Commerce for 25 years, from 1957 to 1982. We have a file of his notes of the history of the chamber, donated to the High Plains Historical Society by his wife Helen in 1983. […]

Mondragon receives contract renewal

By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor Clovis Mayor David Lansford feared if every city commissioner commented on how valuable city manager Ray Mondragon is to Clovis, Thursday’s commission meeting would last all night. Blanketed by a flurry of praise on commission row, Mondragon on Thursday accepted a contract renewal as the Clovis city manager. The […]

Back to school means trip to mall

By Helena Rodriguez With less than two weeks before area school bells ring, shoppers crowded retail outlets this weekend for back-to-school supplies and clothes. Although New Mexico did not have a statewide tax-free weekend like neighboring Texas, many Clovis retailers held their own tax-free days, offering discounts and specials to keep people at home. School […]

County renews manager’s contract

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ Staff Writer Curry County commissioners voted Wednesday morning to issue a four-year contract to County Manager Geneva Cooper. All commissioners except Ed Perales voted for the renewal. A person answering the telephone at his business who identified himself as Perales’ son said Perales would not comment. County Attorney Steve Doerr […]

Police Blotter, July 4, 2004

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded to the 900 block of Delta Street on Wednesday after a woman claimed her stepmother had beaten her. The woman said she and her father were talking when her stepmother came in and slapped her across the mouth and punched […]

City manager making most of summer

Reporter’s Notebook One of eastern New Mexico’s more famous residents spent last weekend roaring around Ute Lake on a Harley. Well, sort of. Clovis City Manager Ray Mondragon was seen zipping around on a Harley-Davidson replica mini scooter. The scooter goes about 25 mph and is powered by a two-cycle lawnmower engine, he said. “It’s […]