- Special Sections
- Public Notices
Recent closed-door county council sessions culminated in the appointment of John Arrowsmith to serve as manager of the Department of Utilities when current Manager Robert “Buck” Monday retires in June.
Ralph Phelps, chair of the Public Utilities Board, strongly endorsed Arrowsmith’s appointment at the council meeting Tuesday night and said the board concurred unanimously.
He said the board considered an external search, found no compelling reason to proceed and recognized the risk of an outsider unfamiliar with the county.
Phelps cited Arrowsmith’s solid understanding of all aspects of running a utilities department, his extensive experience negotiating with the Department of Energy on Los Alamos National Laboratory contracts and effective staff relations as deciding factors.
Arrowsmith has served as an assistant utilities manager since 2004. He joined the county’s utilities department in 1990 after 10 years of employment with PNM.
In an interview Tuesday, Arrowsmith said a likely reason for his selection was his ongoing role in negotiations with DOE on energy cost allocations.
He characterized the atmosphere as having evolved from a contrary and confrontational one to one focused on resolving issues. The DOE contract is subject to renewal every three years and will be revisited in 2010.
If you currently subscribe or have subscribed in the past to the Los Alamos Monitor, then simply find your account number on your mailing label and enter it below.
Click the question mark below to see where your account ID appears on your mailing label.
If you are new to the award winning Los Alamos Monitor and wish to get a subscription or simply gain access to our online content then please enter your ZIP code below and continue to setup your account.