Las Cruces Utilities has named Delilah A. Walsh Utilities Director effective October 25, 2020. Walsh had been serving as Interim Director following the retirement of Dr. Jorge A. Garcia, P.E., on August 28, 2020.
“Dr. Garcia built a strong utility that has a great team and is financially strong. I’m thrilled to step into an already successful organization, and I look forward to continuing the evolution of Las Cruces Utilities to give ratepayers the best for their money,” said Walsh.
Walsh joined the department as its first assistant utility director in July 2019. Prior to joining the Las Cruces Utilities team, Walsh was the Socorro County Manager 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 holds both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering Management degree from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech).
Prior to joining the Socorro County, Walsh was vice president at First State Bank and had worked in all aspects of banking for more than a decade. She has a passion for employee education and development and serves as an instructor for NM EDGE, a program through NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service designed to provide education and training to government employees.
In December of this year, Walsh will become a Certified Advocate for Public Ethics. A graduate of Leadership New Mexico, New Mexico Certified Public Supervisor and New Mexico Certified Public Official, she has served on several boards including the Strategic Planning Committee for New Mexico Tech, Socorro Mental Health Foundation, Board of Regents for New Mexico Tech, NM Commission on the Status of Women, and Middle Rio Grande Economic Development Association.
Las Cruces Utilities can be contacted at 575/528-3500 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and provides services to approximately 100,000 Las Cruces residents and businesses.