2013-2017 – City of Las Cruces City Council for District 5 for four-year term. Next election is November 7, 2017
Mayor Pro Tem
Born and raised in Hastings, Minn., son of an electrical contractor, Gill graduated from Winona State University, Winona, Minn., with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He taught science at St. Augustine School in Austin, Minn. Continuing his pursuit in education, Gill joined the Peace Corps and taught science at Ghana’s Amedzofe Teacher Training College. There he met and married his wife, Christine A. McConaty, also a science teacher in the Peace Corps. Returning to the United States, he received a Master’s of Science in Biology at the University of North Dakota.
After employment with the Montana Department of Agriculture as a pesticide specialist, Gill joined his family’s ranch and farm in Wolf Point Mont., managing and operating raising angus cattle, wheat, barley, hay and alfalfa seed. In 1998 he moved to New Mexico and was employed as a contractor with AgriBioTech Seed Company (ABT), as a consultant for growing alfalfa seed.
After his work was done with ABT, he worked as a substitute teacher, then had seasonal employment at WSMR, MASSCOM Systems of Virginia, Threatened and Endangered Species (TES) and National Environment Policy Act (NEPA) with Mexican spotted owl (US Air Force/Hubbs SeaWorld Research Institute project), TES plant species at Ft. Bliss, raptor surveys in Colorado, consulting for Zia Engineering and Environmental Consultants, LLC, (ZiaEEC), mountain plover nesting surveys in Colorado (Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory), and wildlife manager for Birdstrike Control Program at McConnell Air Force Base, Wichita, Kan. In October 2008, he began working part time for ZiaEEC in Las Cruces as a staff scientist in biology and NEPA.
Afterward he was an alfalfa seed production consultant for Pioneer HiBred International Inc.
He has a daughter, Amoreena Joy France, married to Matthew France, and granddaughter, Angelina France, living in Spokane, Wash., and a son, Andrew Sorg, living in Sandpoint Idaho.
Professional Recognition & Community Involvement
Other Memberships & Offices
- Mesilla Valley Audubon Society, Board of Directors
- NM Audubon Council, Vice President
- New Mexico Wilderness Alliance
- Friends of the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks, President
- Knights of Columbus Council 9527
- Montana Alfalfa Seed Growers Association, President
- Northwest Alfalfa Seed Growers Association, President
- McCone County School Board, Montana
- Montana Governors Leafcutter Bee Advisory Committee, Chairman
- New Horizon Band, Las Cruces
Phone: (575) 541-2066
Fax: (575) 541-2119
Mailing Address: PO Box 20000, Las Cruces, NM 88004