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County officials vote for appointments, funding disbursement

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The Chaves County Board of Commissioners named residents to the board of directors of a nonprofit and a county commission and were introduced to the new Public Services director during the group’s monthly meeting on Thursday.

Former Roswell Independent School District construction coordinator Mac Rogers has joined the county as Public Services director. He fills a position vacated by Bill Williams, who became county manager following the retirement of Stan Riggs in late 2020.

The Public Services director oversees the county’s efforts to provide essential services such as pest control, waste management and fire services, and to maintain roads, bridges, parks, and facilities.

While with the RISD, Rogers was involved in several major construction projects, including the construction of a new facility for Del Norte Elementary School.

The commissioners also voted Thursday to appoint Rita Kane-Doerhoefer to the board of directors of the nonprofit Chaves County JOY Centers. She is an active community volunteer for several area groups including Keep Chaves County Beautiful and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). She replaces Dale Miller, who passed away recently.

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Commissioners chose Mark Lewis, described as a long-time resident, to become a new member of the Chaves County Planning and Zoning Commission. The commission makes recommendations regarding zoning issues to the Board of Commissioners for properties in the county outside the Extraterritorial Zone, which is generally within two miles of the Roswell city limits. Lewis replaces Robbie White, who resigned. He will join Harold Hobson, Andy Morley, Melodi Salas and Dale Rogers.

The Board of Commissioners also voted on several other matters, including approving the expenditure of $607,562 received by the Chaves County JOY Centers from five state general obligation bond awards approved by the New Mexico Legislature and statewide voters in 2020. The money will fund kitchen equipment, a vehicle purchase and parking lot renovations at the Roswell center, as well as a vehicle purchase and renovations at the Midway center.

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