Farmington Mayor Tommy Roberts appoints Linda Rodgers to replace Dan Darnell

Dan Schwartz The Daily Times
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FARMINGTON — Farmington Mayor Tommy Roberts has selected a woman with decades of experience in business finance to replace Councilor Dan Darnell, who is moving to Rio Rancho to pursue an academic degree.

In a Tuesday evening meeting, City Council is scheduled to accept or deny Robert's appointment of Linda Rodgers, chief financial officer for Process Equipment and Service Co., or PESCO. Rodgers would be sworn into office following the meeting if the councilors confirm her.

"I have always been interested in city government," Rodgers said. "I really want to make things for the city better."

Rodgers, who said she was informed of the decision on Monday morning, said she still cannot believe Roberts chose her.

"We had an extremely strong field of candidates," Roberts said. "I would feel comfortable with any one of them participating on council."

But Roberts said he chose Rodgers for her years of involvement in the community and her financial experience.

In early July, Darnell told The Daily Times that he and his family planned to move to Rio Rancho where he will seek a master's degree in public administration at the University of New Mexico. He plans to leave by Aug. 15, and that's when the new councilor would step in to serve the rest of his term.

Rodgers volunteered for 20 years for the Connie Mack World Series, graduated from Leadership San Juan, was the board president for a year on San Juan United Way, and has held numerous titles in the Association of Desk and Derrick Clubs, according to her resume. She has years of other volunteer experience, as well.

Before Rodgers became PESCO's CFO in 2012, she worked in Farmington as a bookkeeper and paralegal for a year at the Jolley Law Firm, an office manager for seven years for A-Plus Well Service, a business banking manager for three years at Wells Fargo, and a credit analyst and loan officer for 19 years at First National Bank, according to her resume.

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