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County Manager

The office of the county manager exists for the purpose of bringing alignment of effort and continuity to the affairs of Torrance County government. Open communication with the public and with local, state, and Federal agencies is essential to our success.

The County Manager is appointed by the Board of County Commissioners to implement Board decisions. The County Manager operates directly under the Board of County Commissioners, serving the legislative function of the Board by providing research, information, and recommendations, and serving the executive function of the Board by providing management assistance.

The County Manager's Office is responsible for monitoring and administering the county budget which includes an individual departmental review of proposed, and then throughout the fiscal year, ongoing expenditures. In addition, the office is responsible for providing the Board with the information they need for making decisions, representing the County in intergovernmental relationships, coordinating the work of all County departments, resolving interdepartmental problems, and coordinating the overall administration of County government.

We are committed to instilling through action and demonstrating by example, a feeling of pride in the performance of our duties and a willingness to serve the public, our "customers." We are dedicated to supporting our elected and appointed officials in meeting the needs of the public, enabling the organization to deliver the greatest level of quality programs and services while controlling the financial burden to our residents.


  • Gathers and maintains comprehensive information about county resources and needs.
  • Evaluates the performance of services providing a valuable research instrument to the legislative body.
  • Coordinates the administration of all units of County Government in accordance with policies established by the County Commission.
  • Recommends County policy issues to the County Commission for their consideration.
  • Oversees the physical property of the County in administering the property maintenance and management.
  • Regularly attends all meetings of the County and its committees.
  • Maintains liaison and represents the Commission in contacts with political subdivisions, state and federal officials and agencies.
  • Reviews, evaluates and makes recommendations for increasing efficiency in County Government.
  • Responsible for the coordination of the County's risk management functions.
  • Supervises and administers the central services of County Government used by all County Departments.
  • Reports annually to the County Commission regarding the activities of the several departments and administrative units of the County concerning their administration and performance.
  • Administration and Oversight of County's Personnel Policy

Department Oversight

Animal Services, Dispatch, DWI, Emergency Management, Grant Coordinator, Human Resources, Finance, Fire Chief, Information Technology, Operations & Maintenance, Planning & Zoning, Risk Management, Road Department & Torrance County Project Offices.

Torrance County Manager
205 S Ninth Street
Estancia New Mexico, 87016

Monday - Thursday 7:30am to 5:30pm MST


Phone number: 1-844-698-4616
Phone: (505) 544-4700
Fax: (505) 384-5294



County Manager
(505) 544-4702

Janice Y. Barela
Deputy County Manager
(505) 544-4703

John Butrick
County Attorney
(505) 544-4704

Nick E. Sedillo
Operations Manager
(505) 544-4310
NM Certified Professional
Risk Manager/Safety Officer

Lori Archuleta
Executive Assistant
(505) 544-4707

Amanda Long
Administrative Assistant
(505) 544-4701



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