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Winter to retire after 20+ years working at APS

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Longtime Albuquerque Public Schools administrator Brad Winter will retire at the end of the month, the district announced Monday.

Winter has been APS’ chief operations officer since 2008 and has worked at the district for more than 20 years.

He will be replaced by Ruben Hendrickson, who currently serves as the district’s deputy chief financial officer, according to a district news release.

Winter began his career as a teacher and then became an assistant principal, according to the news release.

Later, he became an administrator, overseeing the district’s capital master plan and then he headed up the maintenance and operations department before moving to his current post.

“As chief operations officer, Dr. Winter led APS through one of largest school construction campaigns in its history – building schools to not only relieve crowding on Albuquerque’s growing West Side, but also rebuilding and re-furbishing our older schools,” Superintendent Winston Brooks said in the news release.

Winter, who is an Albuquerque City Council member, was not available Monday for comment.

Brooks said Hendrickson is a competent replacement. Hendrickson has held his current position since 2009.

Before joining APS, Hendrickson worked as a finance manager and controller for Intel in Rio Rancho from 1990 to 2009. He holds a master’s degree in finance from Stanford University.

At the company, Hendrickson oversaw an annual budget of $400 million and helped implement a new cost management system that tracked some $1 billion in spending for projects at the Intel plant among other responsibilities, according to the news release.

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