Leaders from around the state are mourning the death of Bill Fulginiti, the longtime executive director of the New Mexico Municipal League.
Fulginiti died Wednesday afternoon “surrounded by family and loved ones,” Cynthia Ann Bettison, president of the Municipal League and mayor pro tem of Silver City, announced in an email. The Municipal League represents the state’s 106 cities, towns and villages.
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham called Fulginiti “an advocate for people and communities” across the state.
“Whether they knew his name or not, Bill had their back and was pushing to deliver on their needs,” she said in a statement. “In many ways, Bill and the Municipal League were synonymous, and he was always responsive and helpful, especially to the civic organizations he served.”
Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller called Fulginiti “a mentor and friend in the trenches of policy battles big and small.”
“There was no better partner for us than Bill in standing up for Albuquerque,” Keller added. “His dedication and the impact of his 40 years of leadership is legendary, and irreplaceable.”