By Steve Hansen
QCS Managing Editor
About 60 job seekers made the rounds of city, county, state and private employers April 29 at a job fair hosted by the city of Tucumcari.
Recruiters from the Tucumcari Police Department, the Tucumcari Volunteer Fire Department, the city’s Emergency Medical Services and city administration hosted tables, representing the host city.
Representing state government agencies were the New Mexico National Guard, the state police, the New Mexico Department of Health, the Department of Aging and Long-Term Care, and the State Parks Department.
Tucumcari Municipal Schools and Mesalands Community College also hosted tables.
All-Rite Towing Co. and Del’s, Kix on 66 and Rockin’ Ys restaurants owned by Yvette Peacock and Yvonne Braziel represented private-sector employers.
The police departments and national guard have openings for recruits to be trained for uniform service. Emergency Medical Services sought persons willing to train as emergency medical technicians to staff city ambulances.
Tucumcari Municipal Schools is seeking science and math teachers at the high school level along with maintenance personnel and bus drivers, assistant superintendent David Johnson said. Mesalands Community College is looking for a business manager, part-time GED instructors and information technology employees, as well as part-time instructors, especially in psychology and sociology.
The state department of health is seeking trained nurses, nurse practioners and physician’s assistants for several positions regionally.
City Manager Jared Langenegger said the turnout was less/more than he expected and said the city may sponsor another career fair in the fall.
In late morning, Tucumcari Emergency Medical Services had signed up three persons interested in learning more about working on ambulance crews.
There were only a few people carrying bags provided to carry literature from employers. Employers said they hoped business would pick up in the afternoon.
City and county officials have been having trouble filling positions in law enforcement and at the Quay County Detention Center, they have said. Langenegger proposed the career fair to the Tucumcari City Commission, and the commission approved it in late February.