Members of the Los Alamos County Finance Department. Courtesy photo
Helen Perraglio will be the new County Chief Financial Officer (CFO) replacing Joe D’Anna who will retire in July.
New County CFO Helen Perraglio
Perraglio was born and raised in northern New Mexico and comes to Los Alamos from the small town of Ojo Caliente. She graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors from the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 2004.
She started her career in public accounting while becoming a Certified Public Accountant, focusing primarily on public sector auditing and financial reporting. Perraglio advanced rapidly and served as the Accounting Oversight and Financial Reporting manager for Santa Fe County for five years where she completed the first ever Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), and received the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for that entity.
Perraglio was hired as an Accounting Operations manager for Los Alamos County in May of 2012 and was promoted to the deputy CFO in May of 2016, and has continued to earn the GFOA awards for excellence in financial reporting for the CAFRs she and her finance team have produced for Los Alamos.
Perraglio has maintained extensive continuing professional education along with professional affiliations in the public sector and is highly knowledgeable in the field of governmental accounting, auditing and financial reporting.
Deputy County Manager Steve Lynne said this morning that he was delighted that Helen has accepted the position.
“Helen has done great work at the County since she joined us and I know that she will continue to add tremendous value to the Finance division and the entire County in this new position,” he said.
“I am honored and ecstatic for the opportunity to serve as the Chief Financial Officer for the unique and wonderful organization of Los Alamos County, and look forward to the opportunities and challenges that we face,” Perraglio said. “I have focused on building a highly motivated team over the last five years, and have enjoyed celebrating the successes of our very talented and engaged staff. I know I have tremendous shoes to fill with the retirement of our current CFO, Joe D’Anna but feel we are in a great position for success with the continuity of institutional knowledge that has been transferred to me, our great team dynamics, and my background, skills and motivation to take on this crucial role.”
Perraglio credits so much of her success to that of her unified team, and often conducts team building and team training that aims to keep the staff motivated and unified.
“I know that I am only as strong as the team that holds me up, and I value each unique skill set that each member brings to the group,” she said.
Perraglio also is very proud to be a northern New Mexican with deep family roots and ties to her land where she and her husband are raising their three children with animals and a small farm.
Perraglio will move into her new position Monday, May 22 to begin the CFO transition process with D’Anna.