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Region IV, Chief Elected Officials

New Mexico Workforce Connection Southwestern Area serves seven counties:

Catron, Doña Ana, Grant, Hidalgo, Luna, Sierra, Socorro


Commissioner Manny Sanchez,  Chief (Doña Ana County)

Commissioner Chris Poncé  (Grant County)


Commissioner Travis Day  (Sierra County)

Commissioner Buster Floyd Green  (Catron County)

Commissioner Joe Gonzales  (Socorro County)

Commissioner Art Malott  (Hidalgo County)

Commissioner Ray Trejo  (Luna County)

Chapter Vice-President Jeremiah Apachito  (Alamo Navajo Reservation, Socorro County)

​Mayor Richard Bauch  (Santa Clara, Grant County)

Mayor Jacob Biggler  (Village of Virden, Hidalgo County)

Mayor Chon Fierro  (City of Bayard, Grant County)

Mayor Amanda Forrister  (City of Truth or Consequences, Sierra County)

Mayor Pro Tem Kasandra Gandara  (City of Las Cruces, Doña Ana County)

​Trustee Veronica Garcia  (Town of Mesilla, Doña Ana County)

Mayor Pro Tem Gordy Hicks  (City of Socorro, Socorro County)
Mayor Benny Jasso  (City of Deming, Luna County)

Mayor Hilda Kellar  (Village of Reserve, Catron County)

Mayor Ken Ladner  (Town of Silver City, Grant County)

City Councilor Alfredo Morelos  (City of Lordsburg, Hidalgo County)

Mayor Phil Mortensen  (City of Elephant Butte, Sierra County)

Mayor Diana Murillo-Trujillo  (City of Anthony, Doña Ana County)

Mayor Richard Rumpf  (Village of Magdalena, Socorro County)
Mayor Esequiel Salas  (Village of Columbus, Luna County)

Mayor Ed Stevens  (Town of Hurley, Grant County)
Mayor Deb Stubblefield  (Village of Williamsburg, Sierra County)

Mayor James "Slim" Whitlock  (Village of Hatch, Doña Ana County)

Administrative Entity Contact Information

The South Central Council of Governments is contracted to provide

Administrative Entity services for the Southwestern Area Workforce Development Board

The South Central Council of Governments is located in Elephant Butte, NM, with a satellite office in Mesilla, NM

Mailing Address: PO Box 1072, Elephant Butte, NM 87935

Physical Address: 600 Hwy 195, Suite C, Elephant Butte, NM 87935

Jay Armijo, SCCOG Executive Director

(575) 744-4857


Skylar Arnold, Fiscal Administrator

(575) 744-4857


Glory Juarez, WIOA Administrator

(575) 740-2992


Angela Longovia, Communications Manager

(575) 740-6484

Diana Luchini, Fiscal Clerk

(575) 744-4857

Javier Perea, Project Manager

(575) 740-6495

​​Krisye Shook, WIOA Program Specialist

(575) 744-4857 / (575) 740-8405

Jaymi Simms, WIOA Program Manager

(575) 744-4857 / (575) 740-8402


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