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 works as the jail administrator with Taos County, he said.

“I have family who live around the area,” Casanova said about why he wanted to move to Roosevelt County. “I want to be closer to them.”

Casanova graduated from Clovis Community College, and all his experience is in the corrections field.

County Manager Charlene Hardin said in a press release that Casanova brings to the county several years of corrections knowledge and experience through his various positions within the corrections field.

“Our assistant administrator Richard Benavidez will be in charge until David gets there,” Hardin said. “He took over on Friday.”

Casanova was hired after former administrators Don Burdine and then Charles Perez left the position earlier this fall.