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Site Office names deputy manager

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NNSA: Griego brings executive experience

By The Staff

The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration today announced selection of Espanola native Juan Griego as Deputy Site Manager for the Los Alamos Site Office (LASO).

Griego, who has served as deputy manager for the past seven months, will report to LASO Manager Kevin Smith.

“I’m extremely pleased to have Juan as my deputy manager,” Smith said. “His breadth and depth of experience coupled with his skilled leadership will certainly help serve the Los Alamos Site Office well and contribute to the success of the laboratory.”

In addition to his appointment, Griego also earned appointment to the Senior Executive Service. The Senior Executive Service consists of the men and women charged with leading the continuing transformation of government. These leaders possess well-honed executive skills and share a broad perspective of government and a public service commitment which is grounded in the Constitution.

The keystone of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, the SES was designed to be a corps of executives selected for their leadership qualifications.

Griego’s federal civil service spans nearly 26 years, commencing with the Department of Energy in Los Alamos in 1986 as a project manager under the DOE Career Intern Program.  

Career assignments at LASO include Project Manager/Federal Project Director (FPD) for multiple LANL projects to include the initial FPD for the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Facility Replacement Project and leadership/supervisory positions as Team Lead and Branch Chief for Project Management, Team Lead for Program Integration, Assistant Manager for National Security Missions, and Acting Deputy Site Office Manager since August of 2011.

As the Deputy Site Manager, Griego will serve as the Chief Operating Officer for LASO and is responsible for overall LANL contractor performance oversight and evaluation.

He also supervises a staff of about 130.

Griego is also a U.S. Army Reserve Commissioned Officer with a 29-year career in the New Mexico National Guard (NMNG).  

Currently holding the rank of Brigadier General, he is assigned as the Land Component Commander and is responsible for over 2,500 New Mexico Army Guardsmen, with many currently deployed overseas supporting the Global War on Terrorism.

He and his wife, Philippa, have two daughters, one in college and the other in high school, and a son who lives and works in Santa Fe.

Good Choice

Mr. Griego is a good choice for Deputy Site Manager, I know him to be a strong leader. It's sad that he's taking over in times of such strife.