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East leader taking his annual leave

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By David Giuliani

Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Pete Campos won’t be taking the reins as president of Luna Community College until July, but he’s already working to promote the college.

During March and April, he has gone to several northern New Mexico high schools as part of his work for Luna. Campos said he has the time to do it.

He said in a statement that he has used his annual leave to counsel students in communities such as Wagon Mound, Raton, Maxwell, Cimarron, Santa Rosa and Pecos. He said he is listening to the needs of students and constituents.

“I do not take extended vacations; instead, I use my accrued time to counsel, motivate and help people,” he stated.

Campos, who is also a Democratic state senator, said he has used his sick leave to care for his father-in-law and take his wife or immediate family members to medical appointments. He reported that he has six months of accrued sick leave.

“Even when I am ill, I very seldom take a sick leave day to recuperate. I am dedicated to my job responsibilities,” he said.

He said any of his leave not used by the end of the school year will be returned to the district.

In January, Luna’s Board of Trustees selected Campos as president over four other finalists.

In the public interview process, Campos said he was not the kind of person to spend eight hours a day in the office. He said he prefers to be a hands-on leader who is out in the community meeting with people.

Although he applied for the Luna president’s job after a search committee had already chosen semifinalists, Campos eventually replaced a finalist who had withdrawn. Some residents contend that Campos had an inside track for the position because he is a state senator.