Chief of Staff Barbara DeLeon will continue to serve the City with the new title of Chief Administrative Officer.
“Barbara has done an exceptional job in adapting to changing roles and responsibilities within the City,” said City Manager Ifo Pili. “Her ability to transition seamlessly has made her truly valuable within the organization.”
DeLeon joined the City of Las Cruces in 2010 with an extensive analytical background in both the technology and healthcare business sectors. As senior management analyst, she was successful in developing process improvements and evaluating program effectiveness for the City’s operating departments, in addition to administering the City’s strategic planning efforts.
In 2016, DeLeon served as the project manager for the City-wide re-implementation of the MUNIS Enterprise Resource Planning system (MUNIS is a software application that helps manage core functions like financials, human resources, payroll, work order and utility billing functions) and, in 2017, she was promoted to Chief of Staff with responsibility for policy development, performance management, system evaluation, and community outreach. DeLeon has served as the Interim Deputy Finance Director, overseeing accounting, disbursements, and payroll functions. She served as the City’s Interim Assistant City Manager from Spring 2019 to January 2021, managing Economic Development, Human Resources, Financial Services, Information Technology, Office of Management and Budget, and Performance Management.
Recently, under City Manager Ifo Pili, DeLeon’s Chief of Staff responsibilities were expanded to include oversight of departments and functions outside of the City Manager’s Office. Responsibilities now include Financial Services, Information Technology, Office of Management and Budget, Performance Management, Learning & Development, and Policy Development. DeLeon’s position was changed to Chief Administrative Officer to more accurately reflect the responsibilities of the position.