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Lopez, Henderson to join Planning and Zoning group

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A new face and a familiar one will join the city of Roswell Planning and Zoning Commission following ratification of appointments by the Roswell City Council.

Insurance agency owner and Roswell native Daniel Lopez, and former city councilor Steve Henderson will be joining the board for four-year terms. They were selected from applicants by Mayor Dennis Kintigh, with the governing body approving them Thursday night.

In addition, existing members Jesse McDaniel and David Storey will return to the board for their second, four-year terms.

They will serve on a seven-member board that can make zoning decisions for city properties and forward recommendations to the City Council concerning city codes and ordinances.

“I am just pleased that I can serve in this way,” said Lopez, who owns Lopez Insurance Agency on West Hobbs Street.

Lopez said he started his home-life-vehicle-commercial insurance agency 14 years ago. The 1993 Roswell High School graduate is also a 2017 graduate of Leadership Roswell.

In addition, he is a licensed emergency medical technician and has been a volunteer firefighter with the Sierra Volunteer Fire Department since 2012, and he is the vice-chair of the board of directors of Tobosa Developmental Services.

He is married to Stephanie and has two adult children, Daniel and Brianna.

He said there was no specific issue that prompted his application for the commission, but that he had been looking for a way to serve the city.

“This would probably be something I could really help in,” he said.

He will serve in Position 1. Kent Taylor, New Mexico Military Institute facilities director, decided that he did not want to serve a second term.

Henderson will fill Position 3 because realtor Riley Armstrong, who had been serving as chairman, has completed his two terms on the commission.

Henderson just went off the City Council in March after 20 years and five terms, the last four of which were consecutive. He is a retired real estate agent who also worked as a city administrator for a time.

McDaniel, also a real estate professional, is serving in Position 5. David Storey, a project engineer with Souder, Miller and Associates, is in Position 6.

Other current members are Jana Lessard, Saul Aguilar and James MacCornack.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 351, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.