County Road Department supervisor Ricky Lovato has held the position for about a month, but worked as assistant road supervisor for about 2 1/2 years.
Lovato was born and raised in Portales. Before working for the county, he owned semi-trailers and supervised his father-in-law’s silage-cutting business.
What does your job entail? Blading roads, total reconstruction of roads, chip seal and whatever the commissioners tell me to do, also. We have 17 of us I supervise.
What is a typical day for you? I go from one end of the county to other. Things pop up all the time. I try to plan it out, but it never works that way.
Why did you choose this job? I chose it because I have a lot of experience from running crews for silage. I’ve been self-employed for 18 years. And also the security of it.
Did you have any special training for this job? No. I did the interview, and they hired me. I was the assistant supervisor under John Bohm. We both learned together. One thing about the road department, if it wasn’t for the employees … they’re the ones who make me look good.
What do you enjoy most about this job? I think the thing I enjoy the most is the challenge. Like I said, every day’s different, trying to get all your projects done.
— Compiled by PNT Senior Writer Argen Duncan