EIGHTH ANNUAL JUDY PRICE MEMORIAL BLOOD DRIVE NETS 43 PINTS

EIGHTH ANNUAL JUDY PRICE MEMORIAL BLOOD DRIVE NETS 43 PINTS

Doña Ana County employees and visitors to the Doña Ana County Government Center donated 43 pints of blood Friday in honor of the late Judy Price, who died Sept. 4, 2001, after a long battle with cancer.

This was the eighth Judy Price Blood Drive since 2001. With Friday’s total, more than 600 pints of blood have been donated in her memory.

The drive was conducted in the rotunda of the Doña Ana County Government Center at 845 N. Motel Blvd.

Price began her employment with Doña Ana County on April 15, 1991, as director of planning. She was named acting assistant county manager in September of 1991, and held the position for four months before returning to the Planning Department.

In 1994, under her leadership, the department was renamed the Department of Community Development to indicate the wide range of services provided.

On Dec. 13, 1995, Price was appointed acting county manager while a seven-month search for a permanent manager was underway. In July of 2000, she was again named acting county manager, and she remained in the position until Jan 22, 2001.

Doña Ana County normally holds an unnamed, second blood drive near the holidays. The 2009 Judy Price Blood Drive will be coordinated next August.

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