Karen Kendall in her office when the new Municipal Building opened in June 2013. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Kendall was selected following a region wide search to fill the position left vacant in March when Gina Coluzzi moved to Colorado.
“Karen has a strong skill set and a really strong familiarity with County operations,” said Deputy County Manager/Chief Financial Officer Steven Lynne. “We’ve been working with Karen over the years and we’re very excited … she will be a good fit.”
Kendall first went to work at the Department of Public Utilities in September 2008.
“I have enjoyed the past seven years working in Utilities. We have a hardworking team, dedicated to serving our customers. It is a cliché, but we really are like family,” Kendall said. “I have also worked closely with the County Finance and County Manager’s team over the years. So, I see it as a natural transition to move from my current role in assisting with the Utilities rate setting and budgets to broadening that scope to cover the County as a whole.”
Prior to working at the DPU, Kendall worked at the New Mexico State Controller’s Office where she served as the Financial Support Unit Manager for the Department of Finance and Administration. During her tenure there, Kendall led the New Mexico Statewide Human Resources, Accounting and Management Reporting System (SHARE) implementation.
“My experience in budgeting, as well as in tracking and managing operational performance will come in very handy in my new role serving the County, County Council and Los Alamos citizens,” Kendall said. “I care about our community and take this trust and responsibility very seriously. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve the County in this broader role.”
Kendall holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Accountancy from California State University, Sacramento.