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Nine apply to replace Farmington city Councilor Darnell

Dan Schwartz
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — Nine Farmington residents have applied to replace city Councilor Dan Darnell who plans to leave Farmington in August.

Earlier this month, Darnell told The Daily Times that he and his family are moving to Rio Rancho where he will pursue a master's degree in public administration at the University of New Mexico. He plans to leave by Aug. 15.

The candidates for Darnell's District 1 seat are Johnny D. Adams, Wilma Redhorse Charley, Keith Corley, Douglas D. Dykeman, Thomas Hawkins, David J. Holmes, Mark McCloskey, Linda Rodgers and David L. Stock.

"We've got some great candidates," Darnell said.

District 1 includes the area south of Main Street and from Lake Street to the city's eastern limits, and eligible applicants must live within those boundaries.

Mayor Tommy Roberts plans to interview the applicants this week. In an Aug. 11 regular City Council meeting, he plans to appoint one of them to replace Darnell, and councilors will then confirm or deny the mayor's recommendation.

The new councilor's effective starting date will be Aug. 15, Roberts said.

According to their resumes, several of the applicants have experience working in local government.

Charley served as a magistrate judge in the state for almost a decade, Holmes spent more than two years as a counselor in San Juan County's local juvenile drug court and juvenile detention, and McCloskey, a former San Juan County sheriff and former Farmington police chief, has decades of law enforcement experience.

The others have varied experience.

Adams worked more than five years in state departments of correction and for the past five years as a sales representative. Corley coached middle and high school sports, managed the Piñon Hills Community Church's budget and is now a pastor there.

Dykeman has more than four decades of archaeological experience. Hawkins has more than five years of experience in sales and management in the private sector.

Rogers is the CEO of Process Equipment and Service Co., Inc. And Stock retired as a major from the U.S. Army after more than four decades of service.

Darnell said he looks forward to meeting with the applicants to discuss the work of a city councilor.

"It's a commitment," he said.

Dan Schwartz covers government for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4606 and dschwartz@daily-times.com. Follow him @dtdschwartz on Twitter.