CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - The next person to run Curry County's jails will report directly to county commissioners, not County Manager Lance Pyle.
The Clovis News Journal reports Commissioners Wendell Bostwick and Frank Blackburn stressed while it is a change, the new arrangement isn't a no-confidence vote against Pyle.
Meanwhile, commission Chairman Caleb Chandler says the commission authorized Pyle and County Attorney Stephen Doerr to begin negotiations with two candidates - retired Ohio Sheriff Gerry D. Billy and retired chief for the Yakima County, Wash., Department of Corrections Michael D. Williams for the job of jail administrator.
Bostwick says Billy is the commission's first choice for the job with a salary somewhere between $68,259 to $85,324.
Since 2002, there have been five escapes at the Curry County jail.