New Council Chair Rick Reiss Shares Intentions

Newly elected County Council Chair Rick Reiss and Vice Chair Susan O’Leary listen to presentations during Tuesday’s meeting in Council Chambers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Newly elected Los Alamos County Council Chair Rick Reiss spoke with the Los Alamos Daily Post about his intentions and hopes for the next 12 months. Councilors selected Reiss in a 4-3 vote in which Vice Chair David Izraelevitz received three votes during Tuesday’s meeting in Council Chambers. Councilor Susan O’Leary was elected vice chair for 2016 in a unanimous vote. 

“I appreciate the trust my fellow Councilors have placed in me to lead the Council meetings and represent the County at select meetings and events,” Reiss told the Los Alamos Daily Post. “I have invested a significant amount of time and effort to keep abreast of issues and projects confronting the County. With the help of the entire Council and the County Manager’s Office, I hope to keep the Council focused, productive and policy oriented.”

Reiss explained that his goal is to keep the Council meetings open and informative.

“I invite the public to participate and share their thoughts with Council as we address the business of the County,” he said. “My focus will be to effectively lead the Council as we address the future of Los Alamos, its financial uncertainties, as well as, its opportunities.”

Reiss was appointed by Council Sept. 6, 2012 to fill a vacant unexpired term and elected in 2014 for another term. He is a local small businessman and real estate developer.

Reiss has lived in Los Alamos since 1993. He was raised in southern New Mexico, received his Bachelors degree from New Mexico State University and is married to Deborah Reiss. They have two grown children, Rikki and Jason. The children graduated from Los Alamos High School and are successful in their careers in Texas.

Reiss is active in Kiwanis, is a graduate of Leadership Los Alamos, a former co-chair, with his wife, for United Way, and a former board member of the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. His term on Council ends Dec. 31, 2018. Email Reiss at