Doña Ana County


Legal/Risk Department

Nelson J. Goodin

County Attorney
Department Head: 
Nelson J. Goodin
845 N Motel Blvd
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88007
(575) 647-7225 (Voice)
(575) 525-5925
(575) 525-5951
Phone: (575) 647-7225 (Voice)
Fax: (575) 525-5925
TDD: (575) 525-5951

Legal/Risk Department

The County Legal/Risk Department provides a diverse range of legal and risk management services for the government of Doña Ana County. The department is staffed by three attorneys, three paralegals, one investigator, one risk manager and one safety/loss control and training specialist.

The Department provides legal advice to the Board of County Commissioners, the County Manager, the Sheriff, the Assessor, the County Clerk, the Treasurer, the Probate Judge and appointed commissions such as the Extraterritorial Zoning Commission. The Department also advises the directors and staffs of all departments within the county government.  The Department assesses and manages the insurance needs of the county.
The attorneys attend internal and public meetings, perform legal research, draft legal opinions and documents, negotiate on the county's behalf, and represent the county in court and administrative hearings.
The investigator handles many of the investigations within the organization,including employee conduct and hotline calls.
The Risk Manager assesses and identifies potential risks to Doña Ana County, and develops strategies to reduce the risk and cost to the County. The Risk Manager oversees the County’s insurance programs, claims management, budgets, and loss prevention.
The safety/loss control and training specialist is responsible for ensuring a safe work environment for the county's employees and minimizing losses/risks to the county.  The Specialist also develops and supervises the County's Risk Assessment Program (RAP).

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  • Nelson J. Goodin - County Attorney
  • Fred D. Kennon - Deputy County Attorney


  • Amy J. Perez - Paralegal
  • Barbie A. Nunez Segovia - Paralegal
  • Guadalupe L. Quezada - Investigator
  • Rebecca Madrid - Paralegal
  • Steven Mauer – Risk Manager
  • Ronald S. Burick- Safety/Loss Control & Training Specialist