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Socorro County Manager Delilah Walsh

Socorro County Manger Delilah Walsh is moving on.

Last week she informed the Board of Commissioner in a letter of intent to resign. She is leaving Socorro for a position with the Las Cruces city government.

At Tuesday’s county commission meeting Walsh told the commissioners she will stay on the job until June 30 or July 7.

“I’ve formally accepted the job of Las Cruces Assistant Utilities Director,” she said. “I’ll be starting there July 22.”

Walsh has been Socorro County Manager for 10 ½ years.

She said the opportunity to take on the new challenge in Las Cruces was hard to resist. Las Cruces is revamping its city government and each department is creating its own strategic plan.

“It was an interesting opportunity,” she said. “Dr. Jorge Garcia is their Utilities Director. He’s been with the city for 30 years. I enjoyed meeting with him and some of the employees, and learning about the opportunities of what they’ve got going forward. They’ve implemented full strategic plans for the city and each department has its own strategic plan.”

Walsh leaves Socorro with an impressive list of accomplishments and community involvement.

Walsh is a graduate of the Leadership New Mexico and 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.

A Socorro native, Walsh holds a Master of Engineering Management degree from New Mexico Tech.

“Dennis and I hate to leave, but I need to grow as a manager, extend my skill set, my opportunities and my abilities,” she said. “Their work environment as well as their future planning, it gives me a lot of opportunities to work differently. And grow.”

Prior to her becoming County Manager, Walsh was Vice President at First State Bank and had worked in all aspects of banking for more than a decade.

“I love Socorro, and that’s the hardest part about leaving, she said. “I have been very much invested in the community, especially with our three children. That’s the hard part, the family, but this a very interesting opportunity and I really look forward to it.”

Walsh’s replacement has yet to be decided by the county commission.