Portales Names Interim City Manager

The City of Portales has a new manager right now.

The city's Public Works director, Tom Howell, has been named interim city manager.

He was appointed by the city council in a closed meeting on Tuesday.

Howell is replacing Debi Lee who has taken the job of Village Manager in Ruidoso.

One city councilman says he does not know how long Portales will have the interim manager, but believes it will be at least a month before the city puts an ad out for the permanent manager job.