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Press release: Sandoval County picks new manager

Wayne Johnson gives a presentation as the state auditor in 2018. Albuquerque Journal file photo.

RIO RANCHO, N.M. — The Sandoval County Commission has chosen former New Mexico State Auditor and current Torrance County Manager Wayne Johnson to take on the role of Sandoval County manager effective July 27.

Having served in government for over a decade, Johnson helped guide an over $500 million county budget through the Great Recession of the 2000s. Also having been on both the elected and executive sides of county government, Johnson understands the unique relationship the county manager has when it comes to working with the Board of County Commissioners, according to a county news release.

“Whether it’s managing county employees; working with the public and media; collaborating with local businesses; dealing with the governor, legislature and state agencies; or representing the commission, I (feel) I have the experience and passion to lead a Class A county,” Johnson said in the release.

Besides having a diverse background in government that extends from being a Bernalillo county commissioner to being vice-chairman of the ABQ Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority, Johnson also has a great deal of experience in community endeavors, according to the release.

Johnson is a member of the Kirtland Air Force Base Joint Land Use Committee and serves on the executive board of the Mid Region Council of Governments.

As far as education, Johnson has a Bachelor of University Studies from the University of New Mexico and has received numerous awards in the medium of video and television production.

Sandoval County Chairman Dave Heil said the commission was fortunate to find Johnson since he already had several years’ experience in county operations.

“We look forward to Wayne’s leadership to advance the professionalism and customer-service orientation begun by County Manager Maes three years ago,” Heil said.

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