Richard Kocab appointed assistant treasurer
May 13, 2009 (The Deming Headlight - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Richard Kocab, who served as Luna County's chief deputy treasurer from 1998 to 2008, was appointed by Mayor Andres Silva to city assistant treasurer during Monday's City Council meeting at the John Strand Municipal Building, 309 S. Gold St.
City administrator Richard McInturff will retain responsibilities as head treasurer.
Mayoral appointments and appreciation certificates were also on the meeting's agenda.
Kocab withdrew his application for the Luna County manager's post to pursue the city position. On Tuesday, he said that was a difficult decision, but that he will fit in well at the city.
Kocab is no stranger to city government and personnel, as he served on the City Council for two terms, from 1992 through 2000. He also served on the Deming Airport Commission for seven years and has served on the Tourist Development Committee. He has also been a member of the New Mexico Municipal League, which is a non-profit organization that serves New Mexico's cities, towns and villages.
Kocab has a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor's degree in finance with a minor in accounting. His degrees were earned at New Mexico State University. He is also the current Grand Knight for the Deming Knights of Columbus, Council No. 4256.
The late Eric Jordan, a former Luna County Commissioner and member of the city's Parks Commission who passed away on March 13, was honored by the Mayor and Council for his service to the city. His mother, Virginia Coleman, sister, Ann Edwards, nephew, Elyin Newton, Sr. and niece, Leanna Moreno were present to accept the certificate of appreciate.
Mayor Silva also honored eight teens from the Deming High School Youth Council for their work with the Mayor's roundtable discussions. Mayor Silva started holding roundtable discussions a year ago, centered on various topics that impact youth, such as gangs and cyber crime.
Appointed to the Deming Airport Commission was Dennis Strout, a former United States Navy pilot with over 3,000 hours of flight time. After an ordinance to amend appointments, authority and organization of the Tourist Development Committee was passed, Mayor Silva made appointments to the committee and had council approval. Ratesh Patel, local business owner, Deborah Nelson, manager at Holiday Inn, Diana Novelo, local business owner and Jim Olson, a local resident were each appointed by Mayor Silva. The TDC provides the city with recommendations on funds expenditure, advertising, publicizing and promoting city tourist attractions.
Mayor Silva also appointed Barbara Reedy to a three-year term on the Deming-Luna County Commission on Aging.
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