Financial Management Bureau Chief—Department of Corrections
20015 – 2016 New Mexico AGA Chapter Treasurer
Q: How did you get involved in AGA?
A. When I started with State Government in 2003, my supervisor encouraged me to become a member. It has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in my career.
Q. How did you choose government financial management as your career?
A. After I received my Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, I was hired by the Office of the State Auditor and worked there for 9 years. During my time with the Office of the State Auditor, I was able to develop additional knowledge and skills that have greatly benefited me in my current position as the Corrections Departments Financial Management Bureau Chief. During my time with the Department of Corrections, I have been able to utilize what I learned at Office of the State Auditor as well as increase my skills specifically in the area of government financial management.
Q. What was your first job?
A. My first job in State Government was with the Office of the State Auditor. I started in 2003 as Staff Auditor and had the opportunity to work on various audits such as the School for the Deaf, Taxation and Revenue and Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
Q. What do you think is the most important issue in government financial management today?
A. Accountability is the most important issue today in government financial management. Being fiscally responsible for the tax payer’s money and ensuring it is being used for its intended purpose is the most critical aspect in government financial management.
Q. What advice would you give a new college graduate joining the field?
A. Take the opportunity to learn as much as you can even if it is not one of your assigned duties. Offer to assist with new tasks which will develop your skills and provide you with the opportunity to build skills and advance in your career.
Q. What do you consider an important leadership lesson you’ve learned?
A. An important leadership lesson I’ve learned in my career is to lead by example. I believe it is important as a leader to never ask someone else do something you are not willing to do.