ABQ planning leader tapped as RR manager

RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Appointment contingent on governing body approval

The Rio Rancho mayor has appointed the current City of Albuquerque Planning Department director as the next Rio Rancho city manager, contingent upon governing body confirmation.

The Rio Rancho Governing Body is scheduled to consider Mayor Gregg Hull’s appointment of David S. Campbell at their meeting Wednesday.

“I want to thank the governing body for sending me three very qualified candidates,” Hull said. “The decision to select just one was not an easy decision to make. Rio Rancho is poised for strong growth at a time when economic development and retail development are highly competitive among cities.

“Rio Rancho needs a strong manager who is familiar with the region and who has the ability to hit the ground running. I am confident Mr. Campbell is that manager. Mr. Campbell is highly regarded in New Mexico and has the skill set to move Rio Rancho forward.”

If the governing body confirms Campbell’s appointment, his annual salary would be $175,000 and his duties with the City of Rio Rancho would begin┬áJuly 1.

Campbell has served as the Planning Department director for the City of Albuquerque since 2018. Before that, he worked as a U.S. diplomat at the Department of State, and served as the chief administrative officer/city manager for the City of Albuquerque.

He also has considerable experience as an attorney, having worked as the city attorney for Albuquerque and at private law firms specializing in real-estate and land-use law.

Campbell holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of New Mexico, a juris doctorate from the University of New Mexico School of Law, and a bachelor’s degree in International Economics from Georgetown University.

The hiring process for the city manager position is dictated by the city charter. The governing body or a committee of the governing body must screen candidates and rank not less than three nor more than five of the best qualified candidates.

The mayor then has to appoint one of those candidates within 10 days after they’ve been ranked, and a majority of the governing body must vote to confirm his appointment for the candidate to be hired.

The governing body provided Hull a ranked list of three candidates on June 10, and he picked Campbell by the deadline.

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