COUNTY HIRES UTILITY HONCHO TO STREAMLINE WATER, WASTEWATER PROJECTS

COUNTY HIRES UTILITY HONCHO TO STREAMLINE WATER, WASTEWATER PROJECTS

Jerry Leyendecker has been brought on board at Doña Ana County as the new utilities administrator. He will oversee planning, development and construction of water and wastewater projects throughout the county.

“This is a new position for Doña Ana County, and I believe I can help the county in getting a number of important projects on a faster track to completion,” Leyendecker said. “The challenge ahead is to manage water and wastewater issues in the county in a way that maximizes environmental integrity while allowing for growth in both population and industry.”

County Manager Fernando Macias said he selected Leyendecker based on his extensive experience, his professional tone and his enthusiasm about assisting the county in managing growth along the Rio Grande corridor.

“Jerry will be a good addition to our team,” Macias said, “as we work together to tackle water and wastewater issues in a long-range blueprint for managed growth.”

Leyendecker, a native of Las Cruces, earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in environmental engineering from NMSU in 1968 and 1970, respectively. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Water Works Association, the Water Environment Federation and the National Civil Engineering Honor Society.

He served as the design engineer for the City of Las Cruces’ wastewater treatment plant from 1997 until he accepted the post at Doña Ana County. Previously, he worked as the city’s utilities contracts administrator (1995-1997), its chief utilities engineer (1989-1995), its associate director of utilities (1985-1989) and its water resources engineer (1983-1985). He continues to teaches part-time in the Water Technology Program at the Doña Ana Branch Community College.

In addition to water and wastewater project administration, Leyendecker also will monitor developments affecting other utilities in the county, including electric service, phone service and natural gas. He also will oversee the county’s solid waste operations and will be the official liaison with the South Central Solid Waste Authority.

Leyendecker’s office is located in Room 210 of the County Manager’s Complex at 180 W. Amador Ave. in Las Cruces. He will be compensated at the rate of $57,500 per year.