Chief Alirez Retiring From TCPD

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As reported in last week’s edition, Truth or Consequences Police Department (TCPD) Chief Lee Alirez told members of the Williamsburg board of trustees that he would be stepping down from his post at the end of this month.
Alirez said Captain Mike Apodaca would be taking over the department’s helm as interim chief and took a moment to express his appreciation for the opportunity to serve the residents of T-or-C and Williamsburg. The chief also expressed a heartfelt thanks to the officers and staff of the TCPD, crediting their individual dedication and team approach for the many successful initiatives the department has realized over his near three-year term.
Introduced to the city commission during their March 2, 2015 regular session, Alirez began his association with the TCPD with a declared focus on empowering community-based policies, and working with residents to meet the city’s true needs.

New Manager: Barrera Returns To SEC


The Sierra Electric Cooperative (SEC) Board of Trustees announced earlier this week that they have hired Sierra County local Denise Barrera for the position of General Manager effective December 1, 2017. The Board of Trustees recognized Barrera’s ability to quickly understand concepts, identify and solve problems, implement operational efficiency and build a productive team of employees.
Barrera started her career in the rural electric cooperative industry at Sierra Electric Cooperative in 1979 as office manager. In 1987, she left SEC and spent the following 27 years employed at Cooperative Services Incorporated (CSI) and Columbus Electric Cooperative in Deming, NM. Throughout those years she gained the experience necessary to achieve leadership positions at both employers. Barrera held positions such as Manager of Customer Support, Finance Manager, IT Manager, Mapping Manager and Assistant General Manager.
Barrera currently resides in Elephant Butte, however has ties with communities throughout the SEC territory. She started her elementary education in Truth or Consequences before moving to South America and then Maryland as a youth. The time she spent in South America led to her fluency in the Spanish language. Barrera returned to Truth or Consequences to finish out her high school education.

Village Welcomes New Trustees


After formally accepting the resignation of Trustee Wanpen Root during their May 11 regular meeting, the Village of Williamsburg Board of Trustees turned their attention to two new applicants and subsequently approved the appointment of both candidates with unanimous votes.
Joining the board to fill out the current Position-4 Trustee term will be Mary Gagne and taking over Position-2 Trustee responsibilities will be long time community resident William Frazier.
Board members have been working short staffed since early February, when former Trustee Ron Hoskins Sr. tendered his resignation, and were then faced with quorum concerns, when Trustee Root submitted her letter of resignation in mid-April.