Rudy Archuleta named Los Lunas public works director
People fondly say they would like local youth to get their college degrees and come back to work in the community.
That isn’t always possible, but Los Lunas High School valedictorian and New Mexico State University civil engineering graduate Rudolph “Rudy” Archuleta was recently hired by the village to direct the Public Works Department. His first day on the job was Jan. 22.
Archuleta, 31, is excited to offer his education and work experience to benefit the community, he said.
“I’ve always wanted to give back to the community,” Archuleta said. “The career path that I’ve taken, the education that I received, has led me to this point in my career to do that.”
For the past four years, Archuleta has been working for the New Mexico Department of Transportation, designing and managing road construction projects, including interstate and highway improvement projects.
Before the DOT, Archuleta worked for Molzen-Corbin and Associates. He developed the drainage plan and graded the site for the new waste water treatment plant in Los Lunas, and did similar work for the city of Belen, he said.
He started his career with Bohannon Huston Inc., designing infrastructure as it relates to subdivision development.
“Because of the subdivisions you have within civil engineering, you just get so much experience on different things … maybe structural design, maybe drainage design and how one is so dependent upon the other,” Archulta said. “The field itself brings a lot, especially to the public works position, because you have the technological expertise background.”
Some of the responsibilities he has held in his career include analyzing drainage impacts, existing and future road capacity, the process of right-of-way land acquisition, fiber optic and utility line protection and other responsibilities.
Archuleta is currently the only licensed, registered professional engineer on the village staff.
The job description includes supervising and training personnel, maintaining compliance with OSHA, state and federal environmental regulations, coordinating with developers, private project engineers and architects to ensure project compliance with applicable codes and regulations for water, sewer and solid waste, monitoring construction projects, among other responsibilities, and will be paid an annual salary of $70,000.
Keeping the village infrastructure in harmony with economic and residential growth is his goal, he said.
“I’m coming into the village right now at a time where the possibilities are endless,” he said. “We — I say we because in any position it takes the efforts of many, it’s not just the decisions of one, or the efforts of one. It’s a collective decision-making process, a group effort to make something happen.
“With the plans that are in place, and with what I bring to the table, we’ll see them through to fruition and ultimately the community will benefit.”
Archuleta has belonged to the National Civil Engineering Honor Society since May 2002, and he is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
He is also a New Mexico Task Force One structure specialist volunteer for the Department of Homeland Security and trains monthly.
The recreational hobby he enjoys most is mountain biking, he said.
“Basically, any outdoor activity highlight my activity outside of work,” said Archuleta.
He is engaged to Suzanne Sais, a Bosque Farms Elementary teacher, and his parents are Rudy and Evelyn Archuleta, both retired educators. Evelyn went back to work teaching at Dennis Chavez Elementary.
Archuleta is also the great-grandson of the first mayor of Los Lunas, Don Antonio Archuleta, who served from 1928 to 1930.
The Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts building is named for his father’s uncle, Augustine Archuleta.
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