Ifo Pili, the new Las Cruces City Manager officially began his employment with the City this week. The Las Cruces City Council unanimously approved his contract at the Monday, August 17 Council meeting.
Pili, who was previously employed as the city administrator of Eagle Mountain, Utah since 2012, also served as Eagle Mountain City’s assistant city administrator and economic development coordinator for six years before becoming city administrator. Mr. Pili also was the district administrator for the Unified Fire Service Area, which served 11 Utah municipalities and unincorporated Salt Lake County.
Mr. Pili was also an adjunct professor in the Master of Public Administration program at Brigham Young University, teaching local government management. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science and a Master of Public Administration degree from BYU.
He was born and raised in American Samoa until moving to Utah in his sophomore year of high school.
At BYU, he was a scholarship football player for the Cougars, and received all-conference honors as a defensive lineman. His talent as a football player enabled Mr. Pili to play professionally, in the National Football League, for several teams, including the Houston Texans, Philadelphia Eagles, and New England Patriots. His playing career with Eagles was highlighted by the team’s appearance in Super Bowl XXXIX.
While attending BYU, Mr. Pili met his wife, Jenny, who then was a member of the track team. They now have eight children.
Pili’s contract includes an annual base salary of $216,000 and he is required to live within the Las Cruces city limits. As City Manager he is the only City employee hired by City Council.