Patrick Sullivan takes over as new Irrigation District Treasurer-Manager


Elephant Butte Irrigation District Press Release

As the new Treasurer-Manager of the Elephant Butte Irrigation District (EBID), Dr. Patrick Sullivan takes a reflective approach as he works with the EBID Board of Directors to position the district to respond the changing needs of farmers in the region. Finding efficiencies in the district, particularly in light of the continuing drought in the southwest, is a challenge Sullivan and EBID staff are focusing their attention on.

Sullivan replaces Gary Esslinger, who retired earlier this year after more than 40 years with EBID and 33 years as district manager.

“Water is the blood of the Rincon and Mesilla Valleys,” Sullivan said. “As EBID seeks to build on its heritage of serving farmers, I am committed to strategically positioning the organization and its members for the emerging needs and challenges of the 21st century.”

As a lifelong resident of the Mesilla Valley, Sullivan brings extensive agricultural and engineering expertise to EBID. He has over 35 years of direct experience in agricultural finance, corporate management and financial analysis.

Prior to accepting the position at EBID, Sullivan served as executive director of the New Mexico Cotton Boll Weevil Control Committee and the New Mexico Pink Boll Worm Control Committee. He was also Executive Vice President of the New Mexico Cotton Growers Association and Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering at NMSU.

At NMSU, Sullivan led a U.S. Department of Agriculture program focused on agricultural and conservation program compliance, farm credit, rural water loan programs, grazing on U.S. Forest Service land. , pesticides and other problems. Sullivan has also served as a farm finance and tax expert before US tax and bankruptcy courts.

Sullivan holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics and Economics, and a Ph.D. in engineering, all from NMSU.

“As a longtime member of EBID, I am acutely aware of the district’s impact on the economic viability of agriculture in the lower Rio Grande Valley,” Sullivan said.

“The convergence of issues surrounding the Rio Grande has implications that EBID must continue to address as a surface water manager,” he said. “The realities of the ongoing drought conditions demand that EBID operates at peak efficiency, ensuring sound fiscal management, oversight and transparency on behalf of its members.”

EBID has a long and successful history of providing available irrigation water to its members. With over 100 years of operation (EBID’s first construction project dates back to 1906), EBID is the surface water manager in the southern New Mexico portion of the Rio Grande Project for the benefit of members of the ‘EBID in the valleys of Rincon and Mesilla.

Contact Sullivan at 575-526-6671 and [email protected]



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