When Los Alamos County Engineer Eric Martinez was hired in January, he had to hit the ground running.
Martinez joined other county staff in preparing for April budget hearings at the same time he had to get up to speed on several road projects and keep them moving forward.
Martinez brings years of experience to those tasks. He served 11 years as division director for the City of Santa Fe’s Roadways and Trails Division before accepting the Los Alamos position. Prior to that he’d spent eight years with the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT), working in various capacities that ranged from traffic engineering to project development.
When a colleague mentioned the Los Alamos opening, Martinez decided to apply, but he had to “think long and hard” about whether to accept the position once it was offered.
“After 11 years, it’s always hard to want to make that change,” Martinez said.
Ultimately, Martinez decided the job would be a good fit.