Nathan Tafoya
Nathan Tafoya

    The search for a new executive director to head up the local economic development offices ended here on Monday evening, if the Lamesa City Council gives its approval next week.
    Board members of both the Lamesa Economic Development Corporation and the Lamesa Economic Alliance Project agreed to extend an offer of a two-year contract to Nathan Tafoya, of Rio Rancho, N.M., as the new executive director of both organizations.
    Scott Leonard, president of both boards, told the Press-Reporter on Tuesday morning that following Monday’s joint board meeting he had contacted Tafoya who agreed to the contract offer, pending approval of the city council at its regular monthly meeting next Tuesday.
    All decisions made by the LEDC and LEAP boards have to be presented to the city council for its approval before they become final.
    Tafoya was one of six applicants who were interviewed, either by telephone or in person, by board members during special called joint board meetings held in recent weeks, Leonard said. Five of the applicants were interviewed by telephone, he said, then two of those applicants plus one other were called in for face-to-face interviews with the boards.
     “Nathan (Tafoya) has worked with nationally recognized brokers and site selectors, which can be a tremendous asset to the future economic development efforts of Lamesa,” Leonard said about the decision of the two boards.
    Those current board members – who all were appointed by the city council last August and took office in September – have been working since November with Mike Barnes, owner of the Mike Barnes Group, Inc., a Blanco, Texas firm that specializes in economic development issues, in the search for a new executive director.
    The executive director’s position has been vacant since April 28, 2014, which was the last day on the job for Mike Duran, former executive director of both the LEDC and LEAP, who had announced his resignation earlier that month.


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