County Manager Candidates Introduce Themselves To Community Gathered At Fuller Lodge This Evening

The three candidates vying for Los Alamos County manager introduce themselves to the public this evening during a meet and greet event at Fuller Lodge. The candidates, from left, Erin Reinders – city manager in Unalaska, Alaska, Steven Lynne – acting Los Alamos County manager and Leandro Cordova – New Mexico Counties finance and administration director. County Council will interview the candidates and discuss a possible selection during a closed meeting at noon Friday. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Candidate Leandro Cordova introduces himself to the public during the meet and greet this evening at Fuller Lodge. Cordova said he has met with many elected officials throughout the state but ‘Los Alamos is the best of the best’. While there have been many accomplishments, Cordova said there is room to grow in the County. He added that he looks forward to talking to residents one-on-one. ‘I don’t hear complaints,’ Cordova said. ‘I hear suggestions.’ Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Steven Lynne discusses his background this evening saying one of the things he has learned during his 25 years with the County is the importance of family; he noted that over time family becomes community and community becomes family. Lynne also touched on customer service, which he said, is ‘respect the people you serve’. Lynne also noted that although Los Alamos has successfully overcome a lot including two major wildfires there are still things to address including housing and providing post-COVID relief to local businesses. ‘There is so much we can do,’ he said. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Erin Reinders shares what ignited her interest in public service saying she was involved in AmeriCorps and it made her want to continue to work in the public sector. ‘I am a life-long public servant,’ Reinders said. She works for another state but Reinders drew parallels between Unalaska and Los Alamos. Similar to Los Alamos, Unalaska provides utilities, manages the sole airport and has its own unique position in the U.S. as the number one fishing port by volume in the nation. Reinders emphasized the importance of collaboration in order to be successful. ‘We truly accomplish much more when we are working together,  she said. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Council Chair Randall Ryti introduces each of the County manager candidates. In addition to Ryti, Councilors David Izraelevitz, Sara Scott and Sean Williams attended this evening’s event. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

From left, Los Alamos County Marketing Specialist Kelly Stewart, Public Information Officer Julie Habiger, Public Works Director Anne Laurent, Community Services Department Director Cory Styron and Councilor Sara Scott chat this evening at the event. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Councilor David Izraelevitz, center, mingles with the public this evening at the event. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

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