City manager has ties to Portales

Tony Parra Debi Lee will begin her term as the Portales city manager on Dec. 29, a little more than a month after being selected for the position by the city council (Nov. 24). Lee is currently the assistant city manager in Hobbs. She attended Eastern New Mexico University in the late 1970s and her […]

Local stores see high sales during busy weekend

Tony Parra and Darrell Todd Maurina The Christmas shopping rush began bright and early for Portales shoppers and retail stores enjoyed a successful first day of Christmas shopping after Friday’s registers closed. At Wal-Mart $29 DVD players and $180 automobile DVD players sold out within the first half-hour of the start of its sale. “We […]

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 […]

City on its way to finding new manager

Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer Tony_Parra@link.freedom.com And then there were two. The Portales City Council narrowed it’s choice for city manager to two candidates on Monday after an executive session from 5 p.m. to 7:20 p.m. Debi Lee of Hobbs and Michael Steele of Croswell, Mich., are the two finalists for the […]

Officials narrow finalist list for city manager

Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com A former Eastern New Mexico University student and New Mexico-native. A dentist turned politician who loves challenges. And a former city manager with 15 years experience. One will be Portales’ next city manager. Debi Lee of Hobbs, Richard Elliott of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Michael Steele […]

No locals apply for city manager position

By Mike Linn As of Monday afternoon 19 applicants have applied for the Portales city manager position, not one of whom live in Roosevelt County. City clerk and co-interim city manager Joan Martinez-Terry said a majority of the applications are from New Mexican candidates, a few from Oklahoma and one from as far as New […]

Council against tax reduction on groceries

Mike Linn The Portales city council want residents to buy their milk for $3.19, not $2.99. The city council at Tuesday’s meeting adopted a resolution opposing a proposed tax reduction that would save the average Portales resident about $40 annually on groceries. City Council members said the city’s budget would lose about $424,000 annually if […]

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 […]