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7:45am — Tucumcari’s MainStreet Director Quits

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Project's first leader wanted to restore city's 'past glory' when he was hired 10 months ago.

Tucumcari MainStreet first executive director David Buchen has resigned after just 10 months on the job, telling the Quay County Sun there were disagreements with the MainStreet board over the direction the project was taking.

"I was excited about bringing back some of the past glory to Tucumcari," said Buchen, who declined to provide any more details on his resignation.

Sharon Quarles, MainStreet's promotion director, told the Sun that Buchen was instrumental in getting the project to revitalize Tucumcari's downtown area started.

"He brought in many grants and low-interest loans, and worked hard to get people involved," Quarles said of Buchen. "David had to do it all himself and got discouraged."

Local MainStreet president Nancy English said Buchen was "excellent at writing grants" but declined to say why he resigned, the Sun reported.

Buchen's departure will not affect any of the organization's ongoing plans, including a summer concert series and the Sixshooter Siding Festival, and a national search for his successor will be conducted, English told the paper.

According to the New Mexico MainStreet Web site, Tucumcari's program was in its second year of its start-up phase. 

Buchen was hired 10 months ago after serving a year and a half as director of the Small Business Development Center at Mesalands Community College in Tucumcari, the Sun reported.

Meanwhile, MainStreet's office is closed until part-time help can be found to handle daily operations, English told the Sun.