COUNTY BLOOD DRIVE NETS 62 PINTS IN HONOR OF JUDY PRICE

COUNTY BLOOD DRIVE NETS 62 PINTS IN HONOR OF JUDY PRICE

For the third consecutive year, Doña Ana County employees rallied to give blood in honor of the late Judy Price, who died Sept. 4, 2001, after a long battle with cancer.

In all, 62 employees donated blood in Price’s name. Of those, 32 donated at the County Manager’s Complex, and 30 donated at the Doña Ana County Detention Center. Some potential donors were turned away from both sites due to medical histories, recent tattoos or other so-called “high-risk factors” that disqualified them from giving under the rules enforced by United Blood Services.

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 for nearly seven months while a 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.

The 2003 blood drive was coordinated by Janine Divyak, Sal Betancourt and Jess Williams.

The Home Depot lent four large industrial fans to keep donors comfortable during the blood drive.

For more information, call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 647-7229. Residents calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7229.