The Roswell City Council on Sept. 8 approved an interim city manager while a search is conducted for the city’s next city manager. The interim manager position is one of four top-level city positions recently filled with new personnel.
James Rod Hogan is serving as interim city manager after a 35-year career in management positions of various departments in the City of Plano, Texas. Since retiring as Plano’s deputy city manager in January 2010, Hogan has served in numerous interim administrative positions for a variety of municipalities. Hogan, who holds a bachelor’s degree in park administration from Texas Tech University, was provided to Roswell by Strategic Government Resources, a firm that provides interim administrators.
Roswell’s new director of administrative services is already familiar with the city government since she served it in a different position in the past. Local resident Elizabeth Stark-Rankins was the city’s long-range planner and support services administrator from November 2014 to February this year, when she left to become financial analyst at Lovelace Regional Hospital in Roswell. Stark-Rankins holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Virginia and a master’s of business administration from Old Dominion University. Her first day back as a city employee is Sept. 26.
The role of director of public affairs is now filled by Juanita Jennings, a Roswell resident of two years since moving from Albuquerque. She has worked since 2012 as the digital director for American General Media, which operates 24 radio stations in multiple states. In that position, she directed marketing efforts and oversaw content and strategy for numerous websites. Jennings holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from New Mexico State University. She begins her new position Sept. 19.
The new city attorney is Aaron Holloman, a Roswell resident who graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law and since August 2015 has worked for New Mexico Legal Aid. Prior to that, he was an attorney in the local law firm of Atwood Malone Turner and Sabin for four years. Holloman begins work for the city Sept. 16.