Tucumcari commissioners fire city manager

Tucumcari city commissioners on Thursday morning fired City Manager Bobbye Rose, according to City Clerk Christine Dougherty.

Community Development Director Doug Powers has been named interim manager, Dougherty said.

Rose was terminated on a 3-2 vote, Mayor Jim Witcher said. Witcher, Antonio Apodaca and Jimmy Sandoval voted yes, while Amiel Curnutt and Robert Lumpkin voted against the dismissal.

Rose was selected in March 2009 to be the city manager following the dismissal of John Sutherland. Rose and Sutherland are two of the four finalists for the vacant manager position in Lincoln County.

Witcher did not give a reason for the dismissal, but said it had, “absolutely nothing” to do with her applying to Lincoln County.

Rose was making $70,000 annually as the city manager. Powers’ salary was not adjusted for the interim position, Dougherty said.

Powers is the fourth person to fill the position since January of 2009, counting interim managers.

A call placed to Rose Thursday afternoon was not immediately returned.