Doña Ana County



After interviewing five finalists in the past month and deliberating for about 45 minutes in closed session today, the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously in open session to extend a four-year employment contract for the position of county manager to Third Judicial District Judge Fernando R. Macias.

            Macias previously served as county manager from 1997 to 2000, before taking the executive director position at the Juarez-based Border Environment Cooperation Commission. He was appointed to the Third Judicial District Court bench by former Gov. Bill Richardson and has earned retention from the voters in each subsequent election cycle.

            Macias will report to work at the Doña Ana County Government Center on Jan. 7, 2018, earning $160,000 a year.

            “We had five strong finalists, all of whom interviewed quite well,” said Doña Ana County Commission Chairwoman Isabella Solis. “In the end, it was the consensus of the board that Judge Macias is best aligned with the board’s vision for Doña Ana County’s future, and he has the financial, management, legislative and negotiation skills to reunify county government across all departments and spheres of political control to move us forward as a team.”

            For his part, Macias said he looks forward to the challenge of once again leading county government.

            “I’m deeply appreciative of the commissioners’ faith in me, and I look very much forward to working with them, as well as the other elected officials, the management team and the staff,” he said.

            Interim Doña Ana County Manager Chuck McMahon – also a finalist for the permanent position – will revert back to assistant county manager for operations.

            McMahon said he respects the board’s decision and will continue in the interim role, and he pledged to assist Judge Macias in any way possible during the transition period.

            “I always have been and always will be a team player, and this situation is no different,” McMahon said, “I wish Judge Macias and the board my best, and I pledge my cooperation, energy and commitment as we all work together to take this organization to the next level that the board envisions and expects.”

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