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UPDATED: Raton City Mgr. Fired After 3 1/2 Months

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After just 3 1/2 months on the job, Raton City Manager Jeff Condrey was fired last week in a unanimous City Commission vote, The Raton Range reported.

Condrey was hired last September just two days after being recommended by an executive search committee and an interview with the commission, The Range said.

Mayor Neil Segotta placed Condrey on administrative leave on the afternoon of Jan. 10, and the commission voted to terminate his one-year contract the next day after a three-hour closed session, the paper reported.

The firing capped a period of growing confrontation between Condrey and commissioners that began when Condrey recently planned a fireworks display that had been scheduled for Jan. 10, but was canceled Jan. 9 on a unanimous commission vote after Fire Chief Dave Pasquale raised safety concerns, according to The Range.

Condrey told The Range last Thursday that he had been unaware of the commission’s action the previous night and told the paper, “Well, that’s too bad,” but he declined to comment further until he had received official notification.

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6:43am 9/27/11 — Jeff Condrey Named Raton City Manager

Jeff Condrey, whose resume includes a variety of municipal, state and federal management positions, began his new job Monday morning as Raton city manager after being hired by the Raton City Commission on Friday, The Raton Range reported.

Condrey was one of two candidates presented to the commission Wednesday night by The Mercer Group, an Atlanta-based firm that assists with public-entity management searches, The Range said.

Condrey operated a Rio Rancho-based community development services company he founded last year, but before that his jobs have been mostly in government, the paper reported.

He was Gallup’s city manager from 1985 until 1991, then was director of the Local Government Division of the state Department of Finance and Administration, The Range said.

In 2002, he was named state rural development director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a position he held until 2005, when he became city manager in Espanola until 2006, then became village administrator in Edgewood from 2006 to 2008, according to The Range.

Raton’s city manager position was vacated by P.J. Mileta in early March, and Scott Berry, a former Raton city engineer and former city commissioner, served as interim manager until recently, The Range said.

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