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Sandoval County names top candidates for manager

RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Sandoval County has released its top three choices for county manager, with 15 applicants showing interest in the position held by Phil Rios for the past six years.

The commission held a series of closed meetings this week to discuss different

Phil Rios intends to retire at end of May

Phil Rios intends to retire at end of May

issues, including the county manager’s position, according to a meeting agenda. Rios announced in February that he was going to retire at the end of May, but would stay on to train his successor.

Patricia Miller, director of human resources, said the board of commissioners narrowed its choices down to three finalists:

■ Santiago Chavez of Santa Fe, finance director for the New Mexico Association of Counties;

■ William Duran of Albuquerque, director of the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Department; and

■ David Stoliker of Rio Rancho, technical leader at Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority.

The requirements for the position were outlined in a document sent to the Observer recently.

The selection process the county outlined for the position included at least a bachelor’s degree, with a master’s degree preferred. Applicants had to have knowledge of the county, which included existing relationships with federal, state and local officials, public bodies and community groups.

Other qualifications included having a financial background, and legislative and management experience.