COUNTY BRINGS NEW DEPARTMENTAL DIRECTORS ON BOARD

COUNTY BRINGS NEW DEPARTMENTAL DIRECTORS ON BOARD

County Manager David R. King has filled four departmental leadership positions in the past several weeks.
Ken Barton is the new director of Facilities and Parks. He took over the department on Sept. 10, 2001. A resident of Las Cruces, Barton is a graduate of Ridgeland High School in Ridgeland, S.C., and a graduate of the North American School of Conservation in Newport Beach, Calif.
Prior to coming to work for Doña Ana County, Barton held the positions of district commercial sales manager and general manager for Foxworth-Galbraith Lumber Company in Las Cruces. He also has significant project management and operational management experience as an operations specialist and assistant manager for BMC West of El Paso and San Marcos, Texas.
As director of Facilities and Parks, Barton will oversee and manage all operations related to the upkeep and maintenance of all county-owned buildings, facilities and parks. He also will oversee construction projects, remodeling initiatives and seek out grant funding to enhance the department’s budget. His annual salary is $48,506.
Ronald E. Garcia of Las Cruces has been hired as the county’s new DWI Prevention Grants Coordinator, effective Oct. 15, 2001. In that position, he will be responsible for managing and administering a range of local, state and federal grants related to DWI prevention programs. He will work closely with area law enforcement entities and school districts to design and implement programs aimed at both education and enforcement. Garcia, who started Oct. 8, 2001, will earn an annual salary of $31,990.
Garcia, who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Adams State College of Alamosa, Colo., in special education counseling and history/political science, respectively, is a resident of Las Cruces. Prior to coming to work for Doña Ana County, Garcia was a counselor in both the Gadsden and Las Cruces public school systems. He also has experience as the former program director for NMSU’s Upward Bound Program, an instructor/diagnostician for the New Mexico Department of Corrections and as program director for Southwest Community Mental Health Centers.
Raymond Long has been hired as director of the county’s Information Systems Department. His first day on the job was Oct. 11, 2001, and his annual salary is $56,357.
As director of Information Systems, Long, who recently relocated to Las Cruces, will oversee the county’s computer systems and database operations, as well as Internet access, online services, communications and technical support functions. Long, who holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Texas at El Paso, was formerly a systems and support specialist for the Texas Department of Transportation’s El Paso office. He also has experience with the City of El Paso as a senior network administrator for the Information Services Department and as a network administrator for the city’s library system. He is a certified systems engineer for Microsoft, a certified network associate for Cisco and a certified administrator for Novell Systems.
Mary R. Amos began work as the county’s ADA coordinator on Oct. 22, 2001, at an annual salary of $30,000. She will be charged with helping the county identify and implement improvements related to access for the disabled in terms of buildings, recreational and other facilities, and programs.
A longtime resident of El Paso, Amos is a former job developer and case manager for Goodwill Industries of El Paso. Since 1996, she also has been a tireless advocate for ADA programs in the region, and she has built a solid regional reputation for her knowledge of and commitment to the ideals of ADA implementation in the government and business fields.
She has served in various official and volunteer capacities for the El Paso Center for the Deaf, the Texas Governor’s Committee for Special Education, the Coalition for Texans with Disabilities, the Texas Transition Task Force, the Hearing Impaired Coalition, the West Texas Association for People with Disabilities, the Learning Disabilities Association and the Association of Parents Assisting Texans with Handicaps.
“Each of these new directors brings tremendous strength and commitment to Doña Ana County,” said County Manager David R. King. “I am confident that they will work closely together with the administration and other county departments to build on our successes and improve on areas of weakness. The challenges of county government are many, but with quality people like these in place, we are well-positioned to address the challenges in a consistently effective manner.”
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.