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Las Cruces parks and rec director promoted to assistant city manager

LAS CRUCES – The City of Las Cruces has announced the director of the Parks and Recreation Department has been promoted to assistant city manager.

Sonya Delgado, who worked her way up from a scorekeeper at basketball games within city facilities to director of the parks and rec department, will now lead several department heads as assistant city manager.

Delgado’s promotion was announced Monday, four days after the city announced on its Facebook page that Assistant City Manager Eric Enriquez was retiring after 18 years with the city.

Enriquez was a longtime firefighter who eventually became the city’s fire chief before moving into the administrative role as assistant city manager in 2020.

According to the city, Delgado — who was born and raised in Las Cruces — joined the city in 1996 as a basketball scorekeeper and summer recreation team member. For the next 27 years, she served numerous positions within parks and rec, taking over as director six years ago.

Delgado earned her undergraduate degree in psychology and master’s degree in sociology from New Mexico State University.

“Strong team members build strong communities. I am grateful for the opportunity to take on this new responsibility and continue developing future city leaders. As reflected in my own journey, working my way from a part-time, entry-level position to assistant city manager, I realize the importance of career learning and development,” Delgado said.

Dedicated to become utilities director

Also within the past week, the city announced Adrienne Widmer would become Las Cruces utilities director.

Adrienne Widmer

Widmer, previously the assistant utilities director, replaces Delilah Walsh, who had been leading the department since 2020.

A native New Mexican, Widmer began working at the city in 2006 as the utilities projects and water rights manager in the Utilities Department. Among other duties, she oversees the Griggs-Walnut Groundwater Plume Superfund Site for the city and manages the city’s water rights, according to the city. Widmer earned her degree in civil engineering from NMSU.

Del Plain named IT director

On Thursday, Robert del Plain was announced as the city’s new information technology director, beginning his new duties in early January.

Del Plain has served as infrastructure services manager for the city since 2017 and has implemented billing systems, time and attendance systems, email services, cloud services and the needed work-from-home technology amid the 2020 pandemic.

He graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and computer information systems.

This story was updated Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022 with the information on Robert del Plain’s promotion.

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