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Posted on: September 1, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Walsh Named as Interim Las Cruces Utilities Director

Delilah A. Walsh Interim Utilities Director

Las Cruces Utilities has named Delilah A. Walsh, as the Interim Utilities Director, starting August 31, 2020. This follows the retirement of Dr. Jorge A. Garcia, P.E., who retired on August 28, 2020.

“Change is always difficult, but Dr. Garcia created an amazing organization filled with individuals committed to our mission. I am thrilled and privileged to lead this team as the Interim Director,” Walsh said.

Walsh joined the department as its first assistant utilities director in July 2019. Walsh was the Socorro County Manager, a position she had since 2009. She was responsible for all operational and financial matters including policy development and implementation, board management, budget management, strategic planning, and direction to all county administrative department heads.

Walsh was born and raised in Socorro, New Mexico, and is a graduate of Socorro High School. She has earned Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering Management degrees from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech).

Prior to joining Socorro County, Walsh was vice president at First State Bank and worked in all aspects of banking for more than a decade. She has a passion for employee education and has served as an instructor for New Mexico Tech Community College Program’s Administrative Assistant Certification. She serves as an instructor for NM EDGE, a program through New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service, which is designed to provide education and training to government employees.

Walsh has extensive experience in human resources, staff management, financial planning and investment, strategic planning, team building, contract negotiation, policy making, budget management, information technology management, and program forecasting.

A graduate of Leadership New Mexico and New Mexico Certified Public Supervisor, she has served on several boards including the Strategic Planning Committee for New Mexico Tech, Governing Council for Cottonwood Valley Charter School, Socorro Mental Health Foundation, Board of Regents for New Mexico Tech, New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women, El Camino Real International Heritage Center Foundation, Friends of Socorro Charter Schools Foundation, Socorro County DWI Advisory Council, and Jornada Resource Conservation Development District Board.

Walsh served as Vice President for the Middle Rio Grande Economic Development Association Board of Directors and was a member of the executive boards for the New Mexico Counties Insurance Authority Workers Compensation and Multiline Pool Boards. She was also a New Mexico Certified Public Official and New Mexico Certified Public Supervisor.

She and her husband, Dennis, are avid community volunteers and with their three children, enjoy their large extended family throughout the Rio Grande Valley.

A search for LCU Director is underway and can be found on the City’s website at: 

Las Cruces Utilities can be contacted at 575/528-3500 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Las Cruces Utilities provides services to approximately 100,000 Las Cruces residents and businesses.

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