The Santa Fe County Commission has tapped District 2 Commission Anna Hansen as chairwoman. District 4 Commissioner Anna T. Hamilton was selected as vice-chair, putting two women in the top positions of a board that also includes three men.
Hansen, who was elected to the commission just 14 months ago, was the unanimous choice during a special meeting last Tuesday. She takes over the position from District 1 Commissioner Henry Roybal.
A California native, Hansen, 68, moved to New Mexico after attending the University of California-Berkeley.
She started a design and consulting business in 1984 and later served as director of community building and development for Oshara Village, a sustainable village near Santa Fe Community College. She helped start up Green Fire Times, a monthly newspaper with a focus on stainability that is circulated in northern New Mexico.
In the meantime, she served on numerous local boards, including New Mexico Board of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety and the city of Santa Fe’s Parks and Open Spaces Advisory Commission.
Recently as county commissioner, she sponsored a resolution that calls for the county to join other local and state governments in taking legal action against the manufacturers and distributors of drugs that have contributed to the nation’s opiate epidemic.
Last year she voted in the majority of a 3-2 vote that called for a special election to let county residents decide on a gross receipt tax increase, rather than the commission imposing the tax on its own. The question was eventually defeated by voters with 70 percent opposing the tax increase.
Hansen, Hamilton and Ed Moreno were all voted in as commissioners in 2016 and their terms won’t expire until 2020. The terms for commissioners Roybal and Robert Anaya expire at the end of the calendar year.