County Manager

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Jose J. Salazar

305 Pyramid St.
Lordsburg, NM 88045
575.542.9428
575.542.3414 Fax
E-Mail

Mr. Salazar is a veteran of law enforcement, serving over five years with the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Department as Deputy and Sergeant, and 21 years with the Motor Transportation Police (a department of Public Safety) which he joined in 1989. He served there as an Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and South Zone Major. He managed the Officer Field Training program, HIDTA interdiction initiative, bilingual incentive program, color guard team, and served as contact for NAFTA regulation of commercial motor vehicle activity within the US/Mexican border. He gained experience in budgeting, personnel management, and project management in these positions.

John graduated in 1999 from the School of Police Staff and Command # 135. He holds a Law Enforcement Command Certification. Attending New Mexico Highlands University in 1982-1983, he majored in Political Science. He earned his Associate of Science in Criminal Justice from Western New Mexico University. 

He is the vice-president of the Lordsburg Police Athletic League, past board member of Hidalgo Medical Services, and former member of the New Mexico Sheriffs and Police Association.

John is married to Leslie and they have two daughters, Kayla, who is married to Sergio Elias, and Danica (11), and two sons, Aaron (engaged to Elizabeth Alvarez) and Jeremie (16). They also have two grandsons, Aiden (6) and Aaron Christopher (4), and one granddaughter Emmie (1).

Mission

To provide services as the administrative staff for the board of county commissioners and as proactive leadership to the board and to elected and appointed department heads.

Responsibilities

The County Manager:

Implements and administers policies established by the Board of County Commissioners.

Conducts executive management of departments placed under his charge.

Provides support for Board of Commissioner's initiatives and programs.

Interacts with County elected officials, other governmental agencies, and community groups to coordinate related activities and responsibilities.

The County Manager's staff provides administrative, research, and documentary support services to the Board of County Commissioners and county departments. 


The Manager is responsible for the day-to-day functions of the county and prepares the annual budget for the Board of Hidalgo County Commissioners. The office typically coordinates the activities of appointed and elected department heads to ensure the effectiveness of County operations and may perform topical analyses on issues before the Commissioners.

The County Manager may be used to provide the Board of County Commissioners with objective analysis of issues on its agenda and often the Board looks to its Manager for recommendations. Working with the financial officer, elected offices of Treasurer, Assessor, Sheriff, and other departments, the Manager coordinates in the preparation and administration of the county budget.

The County Manager typically provides the Board of Hidalgo County Commissioners with recommendations regarding labor relations and other matters involving employee benefits and may represent the Board in labor negotiations. Through the coordination of departmental activities, the Manager works to resolve differences among departments and ensure that county government operates harmoniously.

Assistant County Manager

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Tisha H. Green

305 Pyramid St.
Lordsburg, NM 88045
575.542.9428
E-Mail

Ms. Green is a 2004 graduate of WNMU where she majored in Business Operations and Management.  She has been employed with Hidalgo County since 2004, beginning as a temporary employee in the County Clerk’s office in July and moving to  a permanent position as the County Manager’s secretary in December.  In 2011, she was promoted to Assistant County Manager.  Tisha is also the licensed DWI School Instructor for Hidalgo County and the Vice Chair for the Bootheel Youth Association.

Tisha is a mother of three boys—Justin (20) seeking a degree in architecture and pitching for the Warriors while attending Rochester Hills College in Michigan, Ryan (17), seeking electrical certification from the Dona Ana Branch in Las Cruces and Aron (15), who attends Lordsburg High School.  She has two grandchildren, Cylis (1) and Jaylene(1).  She enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren….she enjoys camping and fishing with her children.  

County Manager's Staff

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Payroll Clerk Miriam Jacquez

Assistant County Manager Tisha Green