VC commission selects Jeff Condrey as manager

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The new year will start off with a new manager for Valencia County.

During a special meeting last Friday, county commissioners voted 5-0 to offer Jeff Condrey, of Rio Rancho, the position of Valencia County manager.

Jeff Condrey New county manager

The position opened up in mid-September, after former county manager Bruce Swingle left to take the county manager position in McKinley County. Swingle had been with the county a little more than a year.

County finance director Nick Telles was named interim manager after Swingle’s departure.

Condrey was one of three applicants to be interviewed by the commissioners. Also interviewed for the position were Milton Sanchez and Michael Ciesielski, both of Albuquerque.

Commission Chairman Charles Eaton said the board scored and evaluated the three individuals during the interviews.

“I think the process brought the most professional person to the top,” Eaton said. “Hopefully in the next few months, (Condrey) will be able to show that performance ability and move the county forward.”

Commissioner Alicia Aguilar said she looked forward to having good management for the county again.

“We have had it in the past and we expect it to continue. I made some phone calls, and not only does Mr. Condrey have the professional experience but high ethics,” Aguilar said. “It is important to have someone who can come to work and doesn’t have a learning curve or need on-the-job training. I think he will work well with our directors and staff.”

Condrey told the commissioners it was a great honor be to able to serve Valencia County.

“I look forward to the challenge,” Condrey said. “This is a difficult time for local governments throughout New Mexico. The interview process was very thorough and professionally done. I look forward to hearing more of your concerns and getting to know the staff. I’m sure there will be challenges but I look forward to them.”

The $90,000 contract awarded to Condrey is for one year with the possibility of being extended.

Condrey holds a bachelor of science in aviation management, which is comparable to a degree in business administration, from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

From May 2005 until present, Condrey has been a public administration consultant. Prior to that, from August 2002 to April 2005, he was the New Mexico State Director for USDA Rural Development.

He became city manager in the city of EspaƱola until 2006, then became village administrator in the town Edgewood from 2006 to 2008

From January 1995 to September 2002, Condrey worked for the state overseeing various departments including community development, special programs and planning, administrative management and local government budgets.

Condrey has worked in the field of economic and community development throughout the state of New Mexico. He served as the director of the local government division of the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration, president of the Greater Gallup Community Development Corporation, and as city manager for the city of Gallup from 1985 to 1991.


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