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UPDATED: Ex-Secretary of State a Finalist for Taos County Manager Post

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Former New Mexico Secretary of State Mary Herrera is one of eight finalists for the vacant Taos County Manager post, The Taos News reported.

Interim County Manager Barbara Martinez said the county commission will interview the finalists for the job on Sept. 21 and 22, The News said.

A total of 13 people applied for the job, which became vacant when then-County Manager Jacob Caldwell was fired by the county commission in July on a 4-1 vote.

Beside Herrera, whose term as secretary of state ended in 2010, finalists include Jorge Alvarado, managing attorney for New Mexico Legal Aid; Stephen Archuleta, director of field services for the state Children, Youth and Families Department; Richard Bellis, deputy Taos County Manager; John D.R. Clark, human resources director and treasurer for the city of Garden Grove, Calif.; Anton Hackebeil, former district attorney for the 38th Judicial District of Texas; Benjamin Leon Ortega, planning manager for the city of Albuquerque; and D.A. Torres, a resident of Arroyo Seco and former director of personnel for the New Mexico National Guard.

5:49am 7/11/12 — Taos County Commission Axes Manager

The Taos County Commission has voted to fire County Manager Jacob Caldwell, The Taos News reported.

After a closed session that lasted several hours, commissioners voted 4-1 to let Caldwell go after 45 days, placing him on administrative leave effective immediately, The News said.

County Attorney Barbara Martinez was named interim county manager, according to the paper.

Commissioner Dan Barrone cast the sole dissenting vote, The News reported.


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