11 turn in applications to become Valencia County’s next county manager


Eleven people have asked to be named the next Valencia County manager. After casting the net far and wide, the county attracted applicants from as far away as Colorado and as close Casa Colorada

During the Nov. 6 meeting, county commissioners asked Human Resources Director Dan Zolnier, Interim County Manager Nick Telles and whoever else the two administrators felt necessary to serve as an evaluation committee and recommend the top candidates for interview.

Since the county manager is the only direct hire the commission makes, the commissioners named themselves the interview board.

The evaluation committee met Wednesday to review the applications and make recommendations for those who should be interviewed.

The final choices were not available before the News-Bulletin’s deadline.

Applicants are Mark Cary of Rio Rancho, Michael Ciesielski of Albuquerque, Jeff Condrey of Rio Rancho, Jack Crider Jr. of Sandia Park, Christopher Dixon of Albuquerque, Ronald Gleason of Albuquerque, Gary Hall of Casa Colorada, Dale Hancock of Glenwood Springs, Colo., John Martinez of Cedar Crest, Milton Sanchez of Albuquerque and Steven Ulibarri of Albuquerque.

Cary holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Texas Tech University and completed some graduate work toward a degree in public administration at Tennessee State University.

He was the executive director of the Taos County Public Housing Authority and director of asset management for the Houston Housing Authority. He also was asset manager with Hunt Companies.

Ciesielski has a bachelor of science in general education from the University of New Mexico and holds master’s degrees in public administration, business administration, recreation and parks administration from UNM and Highlands University.

He is the chief operating officer of the New Mexico Community Health Worker Association, was the city of Artesia human resources director and was county manager for Grant County.

Condrey has a bachelor’s in aviation management, comparable to a degree in business administration, from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Condrey has been a self-employed consultant for public administration since May 2005.

He was the New Mexico State University director for USDA rural development and was also employed by the state, overseeing the community development, special programs and planning, administration management and local government budget departments.

Crider has a bachelor’s degree in fisheries science from Oregon State University and is the harbor district chief executive officer for the Humboldt Bay Harbor District in Humboldt County, California. In Oregon, he served as the executive director for the Port of Astoria Port District and was the executive director and general manager for the Port of Tillamook Bay Port District.

Dixon has an undergraduate degree in management studies from University of Maryland College and graduate degrees in human resource development, and management and leadership from Webster University. He is the field office manager for the state of New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division. He was in the U.S. Army from May 2005 to February 2012.

Gleason has a bachelor’s of art degree in history from McMurry University, and a master’s of public administration and a juris doctorate from Texas Tech University. He passed the New Mexico state bar exam in 2001. He is the local government division director for the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration. Gleason has served as a legislative analyst for the New Mexico House of Representatives in the 2011 and 2006 sessions.

He oversaw contractor economic development for the Rio Rancho Economic Development Commission and served as the government services director for the Texoma Council of Governments.

Hall received an associate degree in criminal justice from Eastern New Mexico University and is a captain with the Valencia County Sheriff’s Department. He has been with the department since 1994 and has spent 30 years in law enforcement. Hall has held the rank of sergeant, lieutenant, captain and chief of police with agencies such as town of Mountainair, city of Tucumcari, Quay County, the city of Clovis and village of Logan.

He holds intermediate and advanced certifications from the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy, as well as management certificates from the academy.

Hancock attended University of Northern Colorado and earned a bachelor of arts in sociology/journalism, is FEMA-certified and was the assistant county manager of Garfield County Colorado for 30 years.

Martinez has a certification from Denver University in program management, works as a contract center supervisor for Lowe’s Corporate, was a deputy cabinet secretary for the Department of Homeland Security and was the state of New Mexico’s general service’s division director.

Sanchez went to New Mexico State University and received a bachelor of science degree in animal science and attended University of Phoenix for his master’s of business administration in health care management.

He was the director of Office of Health Care Reform, worked in government relations for Blue Cross Blue Shield, as well as Aon Risk Insurance services and was the executive director of the New Mexico Retiree Health Care Authority.

Ulibarri did his undergraduate work at Oral Roberts University, earning a bachelor’s in business administration. He went on to receive master’s in public policy and business administration from Regent University.

Ulibarri has worked as the public information officer for the county of Santa Fe and as an education advocate as the chief executive officer of Freedom to Choose.

-- Email the author at jdendinger@news-bulletin.com.