Truth or Consequences Interim City Manager Traci Alvarez and Chad Rosacker signed an undated contract that retained Rosaker’s company, Tech 45 Services LLC, to manage the city airport for four months, from March 1 to June 30.
The Sun requested a copy of the contract after Tech 45’s engagement became public when Rosaker gave a report on the airport at the last T or C city commission meeting (see Related article below). The city clerk waited two weeks to fulfill the Sun’s Inspection of Public Records request before releasing the contract. It states that Tech 45 has been engaged as an independent contractor, confirming that Rosacker, who presented himself to the commissioners as the new airport manager, is not a city employee.
Tech 45 is receiving $3,500 a month for its services. Rosacker and/or his employees are obligated to work 20 hours a week, as well as be on call from 4:30 p.m. to 3 a.m., Monday through Thursday. While stipulating that the work can be performed on site and remotely, the contract specifies that three weekends a month a Tech 45 employee will be present at the airport on “Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday.”
Rosacker, who remains employed as a ground chief for Virgin Galactic, is a pilot. The contract states that his company will have “sole use of the ‘Pippen’ hangar at no charge” for the four-month contract period. Thereafter, Tech 45 may rent the hangar for $2,000 a year, until January 2022, when the terms of that arrangement may be renegotiated.
Tech 45 must provide insurance for its employees, in compliance with the New Mexico State Tort Claims Act, for the contract term, and must abide by the state’s Workers’ Compensation Act. Tech 45 is also responsible for complying with the American Disabilities Act during the contract period.
The list of duties specified in the contract is long and various. It includes drafting a yearly budget, recommending long-term plans to the city manager, helping to recruit, train and establish performance guidelines for city employees who work at the airport and supervising the “acquisition, planning, design, construction and maintenance of airport facilities.”
Marketing the airport and attracting business are also among Tech 45’s duties.