Finding a suitable replacement for Socorro County Manager Delilah Walsh was the main order of business at a special meeting of the Board of County Commissioners on Wednesday.
A list of vetted candidates was finalized during an executive sessions Wednesday at the County Annex building.
The selected six candidates for the first round of interviews beginning June 11 are:
• Jhonathan M. Aragon of Los Lunas. Aragon was elected to the Valencia County Commission in 2013 and also serves as the statewide representative to the National Association of Counties Board of Directors. He has been employed as a Veterinary Assistant since 2006. Aragon holds an Associates Degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences/Psychology.
• James W. Green of Santa Fe and Socorro. Green served with the State of New Mexico for over 23 years working in various management and executive positions including Deputy Cabinet Secretary and Chief Financial Officer with NM Department of Health, Operations Manager with the Department of Finance and Administration, Auditor with the NM Energy Minerals and Natural Resources Department as well as professional experience with NM Human Services Department and NM Department of Transportation. Most recently Green, a native of Socorro, served as Tax Administrator for the Pueblo of Tesuque. Green holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture Business Management.
• Michael A. Hawkes of San Antonio. Hawkes has over 26 years of management and executive level experience, and currenlty works as a project manager at the NMT/EMRTC First Responders Training Program. Hawkes also served as Executive Director at El Ranchito de Los Ninos, an education and health services program for children and as the Executive Director of the Alamo Navajo School Board, Inc. for over 11 years. Hawkes also served with the NM State Police for 24 years, retiring as Deputy Chief/Inspector. Hawkes has an Associates Degree in Criminology, a Bachelor’s degree in General Studies/Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration.
• Lindsey D. Lopez of San Antonio. Lopez has over 10 years of program and executive management experience and an avid volunteer in the Socorro Community. Currently serves as the Center Director for Head Start – Early Childhood Education for Socorro County. Lopez has also worked as an occupational therapist, rehabilitation program director and business development specialist. Lopez holds an Associates Degree in Occupational Therapy, a Bachelor’s Degree of Holistic Health, a Master’s Degree in Public Health and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in education.
• Ronnita M. Montoya, Polvadera. Montoya has over 15 years of experience at Socorro Electric Cooperative where she is currently employed as the Accounting Department Supervisor, a position she has held for the last three years. She also has a background in ArcGIS software and IT development. Montoya holds a Bachelor’s Degree in General Business with a minor in marketing.
• Theresa A. Rivera-Rosales of Socorro. Rivera-Rosales is the only internal candidate and currently serves as Socorro County’s Director of the Community Alternatives Program and DWI Misdemeanor Compliance Office. She is an avid community volunteer and she has a background in corrections, substance abuse treatment, human resources management, office management and bookkeeping. Rivera-Rosales holds an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice/Psychology and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in business administration.
Walsh will be leaving Socorro County in July to work for the City of Las Cruces.