Irrigation District appoints new director as Esslinger retires


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The Elephant Butte Irrigation District Board of Directors has hired Patrick Sullivan, Ph.D. as the new EBID Treasurer-Manager.

Sullivan replaces Gary Esslinger, who retired after many years of service.

“Dr. Sullivan brings to this position years of agriculture-related management knowledge and experience with experience in the private, government and institutional sectors covering issues primarily related to budget management and policy development. said EBID in a press release.

Sullivan takes up his new role on June 1, with the start of the 2022 irrigation season, EBID said.

“I am excited about the opportunity to lead EBID and continue to build on its legacy of service to its members,” Sullivan said. “I look forward to working with the EBID Board, staff and other stakeholders to ensure the efficient functioning of the district, with particular emphasis on water supply.

“This is a historic moment for EBID in its transition to a new manager after a long and successful relationship with our outgoing manager, Gary Esslinger,” said Mike McNamee, Chairman of the Board of EBIC. “We are also doing this at an extremely difficult time for farmers given the drought and the economic problems we face on a daily basis. We hope that our choice will lead us in the right direction and continue to help steer EBID in the most positive direction available at every turn.

“I would like to thank the EBID Board of Directors, EBID staff and all employees, past and present, for the honor of serving alongside you over the past 44 years,” Esslinger said. “I want to express my deepest gratitude to the farming community, although I cannot express in words what it has meant to me to lead this organization with the will and commitment of the farmers within EBID to allow me to do it. I firmly believe that EBID will continue to stand firm in its commitment to serve farmers and withstand the constant onslaught of enormous challenges we face every day. With the appointment of a new treasurer-manager, a new set of objectives and a vision for the future, I am convinced that EBID will meet all the challenges it will face. My heart is truly with this district, and it always will be.

Expected end-of-season rainfall did not develop in the Rio Grande watershed and snowmelt began early as predicted by EBID hydrology and engineering consultant Phil King, Ph.D., the statement said. Press. Spring runoff is expected to be very low due to the current drought and the outlook for the 2022 irrigation season remains poor.

BIDC is a quasi-governmental agency that manages and supplies irrigation surface water for 90,640 acres of Rio Grande Project water rights in New Mexico, BIDC said on its Facebook page.

BIDC is located at 530 S. Melendres Street in Las Cruces. The office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Call 575-526-6671.

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