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December 11, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Farmington City Manager Bids Farewell
(2007-03-29)
Bob Hudson, Farmington City Manager (Courtesy: Farmington City Web Site)
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HOST LEAD: A changing of the guard begins in Farmington, New Mexico this week.
Farmington City Manager Bob Hudson is retiring as of tomorrow, with no successor yet named to replace him.
KSUT's Victor Locke spoke with Hudson about his high and low points during 25-years with the city of Farmington.

VICTOR: The first 17-years of Hudson's career in Farmington was as Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Director.
He assumed the city managers job in 1999.
The native Texan told me he's leaving happy to have been a part of shepherding what he calls "quality of life" projects to reality over the past 25 years.
HUDSON: THIS WOULD INCLUDE OUR PINYON HILLS GOLFCOURSE, FARMINGTON AQUATICS CENTER, AND GATEWAY MUSEUM AND A NUMBER OF THOSE TYPES OF FACILITIES THAT THIS COMMUNITY HAS SUPPORTED OVER THE LAST 25 YEARS. DURING 15 YEARS OF THOSE THE CITY ACTUALLY SPENT ABOUT 37-MILLION DOLLARS ON QUALITY OF LIFE PROJECTS SUCH AS THAT.
Hudson also rates as high on his satisfaction list, the community's accomplishments at promoting cultural diversity.
It's a city where 21-percent of its residents are Native Americans.
He says his biggest disappointment is leaving before revitalization of downtown Farmington is complete.
HUDSON: I TRIED TO WORK MANY MANY YEARS IN TRYING TO WORK WITH THAT PARTICULAR SECTOR OF THE COMMUNITY, AND GET THE REST OF THE COMMUNITY TO DETERMINE HOW WE CAN MOVE ABOUT MAKING THE DOWNTOWN AREA AGAIN, THE HEART OF OUR COMMUNITY. AND THERE ARE A FEW THINGS UNDER WAY THAT I THINK WILL BEGIN THE PROCESS BUT PERHAPS MY GREATEST CONCERN IS THAT I WASN'T ABLE TO DO MORE IN THAT AREA.
Thanks in a large part to the boom in gas production in Northwest New Mexico, Farmington has seen double digit population growth.
It's estimated almost 43-thousand people called Farmington home at the start of the year.
Hudson says his successors biggest challenge will be keeping up with that growth.
HUDSON: WE ARE GROWING VERY FAST AND I THINK KEEPING UP WITH THE INFRASTRUCTURE WILL BE A CHALLENGE, AND I THINK EVEN POLITICALLY, THERE ARE TIMES THAT ARE CHANGING EVEN POLITICALLY IN OUR COMMUNITY THAT ONE WILL HAVE TO KEEP UP WITH.
Sometime next week, Farmington's Mayor and City Councilors are expected to whittle down a list of 90-applicants for the city manager's job to a handful or two.
They haven't disclosed who's applied, but present assistant city manager Rob Mayes, who is interim city manager says he hasn't.
The goal is to name Hudson's successor by May lst.
Hudson's advice to that person is basic.
He says the first thing they'll need to do is establish solid roots and ties in the community.
HUDSON: THEN I THINK THEY CAN BE AN EFFECTIVE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE PROGRAM, BUT UNTIL THAT IS SEEN, I THINK AGAIN, IT'S JUST ANOTHER JOB, AND I WOULD HOPE THAT SOMEONE WOULD COME THAT WOULD PLAN ON REALLY PUTTING ROOTS DOWN AND UNDERSTAND, REALLY, THE WHOLE FOUR CORNERS AREA.
Hudson and his wife plan to start his retirement by taking their 5th wheel to Virginia Beach later this summer.
That's the home of their daughter, who is expecting their granddaughter.
They'll return to Farmington in the fall and decide then, what they'll do next.
From KSUT, Four Corner's Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
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