Former Sandoval County Director of Business Development & Tourism Dianne Maes is now the county’s top executive.
Maes officially became Sandoval County Manager on June 1, 2017. She succeeds Phillip Rios, who retired from public service after a nearly 20-year career with Sandoval County—the last seven as county manager.
The Sandoval County Commission agreed to hire Maes by unanimous vote at its May 18, 2017 meeting. She agreed to sign a two-year contract to serve as county manager at a salary of $125,000 per year.
Maes has been with Sandoval County for 15 years, starting as contracts administrator in the community services division and moving on to capital projects administrator. She entered the management ranks as deputy director of county development. She then took on the role of strategic planner before being named director of business development & tourism in 2014.
Her strategic planning and business development experience was crucial to her selection as county manager.
“The county commission is committed to creating a new culture within county government, with economic development at the forefront,” said Commission Chairman Don Chapman. “We’re fortunate to have someone like Dianne on board to help lead that effort. As director of business development, she planted seeds for that new culture by collaborating with key individuals in both the public and private sectors on numerous economic development initiatives. She clearly understands the role county government can play in building a community in which all of our citizens can grow and prosper.”
Maes’ accomplishments as director of business development include:
“I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to serve as Sandoval County manager,” Maes said. “I began my career in government in 1990, and the last 15 years here have shown me what a truly special place Sandoval County is to work and live. I look forward to working with the county staff, the commission and our citizens to continue moving the county forward.”