By Lorri Ooley
& Carlos Padilla
Monday, Aug. 4 marked the first day newly hired executive director Tony MacRobert took the helm at the Sierra Joint Office on Aging (SJOA). MacRobert is stepping into a position that has recently seen a lot of controversy.
MacRobert held a brief meet and greet event Friday, Aug. 2, over lunch at the senior center, in which he was introduced to those in attendance. MacRobert spoke to the audience about his background and upbringing, while also taking the time to sit with each table to hear the individual concerns of the seniors.
On Friday, MacRobert clarified to those in attendance that his goal is to provide the SJOA with a positive direction, finding solutions that are needed by and for Sierra County’s senior residents. Of those, one of the top concerns expressed by local seniors was transportation – something very close to MacRobert’s heart.
He further expressed that he has always operated under transparency and will continue to do so in this position.
While there have been many questions brought by residents before local government entities, there has not been much provided back in response. As a result, in the middle of last week, local government representatives met together, without a quorum, in which they discussed the concerns residents have been bringing forth to them concerning the SJOA and its governing board. There has been a meeting scheduled by the New Mexico Aging & Long-Term Services Department for Friday, Aug. 8, at 2 p.m.
On Monday, MacRobert welcomed an unannounced visit from The Herald, and expanded upon his goals for the Sierra Joint Office on Aging, and shared his background as well.
MacRobert was born and raised in Truth or Consequences 47 years ago, and graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1985. He is a veteran of the United States Navy, where he actively served for four years and spent an additional four years in the Navy Reserve.
After the Navy, MacRobert went to work for the Truth or Consequences Police Department as a law enforcement officer. A tragic auto accident ended his career in law enforcement due to the injuries he sustained. His wife, who was driving at the time, did not survive the crash.
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