Portales chooses new city manager

By Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer tony_parra@link.freedom.com The verdict is in and the city of Portales will usher in a new city manager when Debi Lee of Hobbs takes over the position in mid-December. “We selected her unanimously,” D.K. Shafer, city council member, said. “I believe she really likes Portales. She’s got […]

Depo reflects on manager term cut short

Mike Linn After 31 years in the field, Gerald Depo says he’s done working in local government. Depo, stripped of his city manager stripes Tuesday by unanimous vote from Portales’ city council, said the field is extremely demanding: The issues are more complex, city council members are more involved and the atmosphere of the profession […]

City looking for new city manager

Mike Linn City officials have already begun the process of searching for a new city manager, of whom they hope to have hired within 30 to 60 days. The beginning stages of the search comes less than 24 hours after the Portales city council fired former city manager Gerald Depo, leaving Public Works Director Tom […]

Council unanimously votes to oust city manager

Mike Linn Gerald Depo no longer manages the city of Portales. The decision to fire the city manager came after a 45-minute executive session at Tuesday night’s city council meeting. Public Works Director Tom Howell and City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry will act as co-city managers until a replacement for Depo is hired. “This is in […]

City ready to rid itself of abandoned buildings

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Mike Linn Maybe the black, green-eyed cat lounging against the wall of the Saga Motel on Wednesday afternoon was waiting for somebody to let it in. After all, the motel’s sign does read “vacancy.” But city officials say the motel located on Avenue D across from the Cattle Baron restaurant has not been operational for […]