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By Jamie Cushman
Staff writer 

ENMU public safety department get pay hike


June 3, 2018

PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents unanimously approved a salary increase for the university’s department of public safety at Saturday’s meeting.

Chancellor Jeff Elwell said the department will receive 2.5 to 3 percent raises across the board.

Vice President of Business Affairs Scott Smart said the increase will make ENMU more competitive with other local law enforcement agencies and cut down on the university’s training costs for non-certified police officers, which can be $15,000 to $20,000 per officer.

Jane Christensen, president of the board of regents, and Kekoa VonSchriltz, student regent, were not in attendance.

Also at Saturday’s meeting: (all votes 3-0):

• Following an approximately 50-minute executive session held to discuss one matter of threatened or pending litigation and three personnel matters according to the agenda, the board voted to give Elwell a 6.5 percent raise starting July 1, bringing his annual salary to $245,000, up from $230,000.

• The board approved 2 percent raises for all full-time and benefits-elegible employees at the Roswell campus.

• The board approved the university’s revised mission, vision and core values. Elwell said the changes were meant to update and streamline the document.

• The board approved changes to out-of-state tuition at the Ruidoso campus, eliminating the cost jumps that were in place at seven and 12 credit hours and establishing an out-of-state rate of 150 percent of in-state tuition, which brings the campus in line with the adjusted tuition rate for out-of-state students at the Portales campus, previously approved by the board in September.

• Elwell discussed the issue of voter fraud discovered in the student body president election held last month. Elwell said about 50 votes were cast within a short time span, all from the same IP address.

Elwell said the university has not determined who is responsible for the extra votes. He said when a new vote was held, turnout increased and the results did not change.

• Elwell said the university is scheduled to name the finalists for the new president at the Roswell campus on July 4. He said that timeline would make July 25 the earliest the university could appoint someone to the position.


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