Senior Management Team
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The Department of Public Utilities' Senior Management Team operates under the jurisdiction and control of the Board of Public Utilities, a group of five citizens, each appointed by the Los Alamos County Council. The County Manager (Harry Burgess) and Utilities Manager (Timothy Glasco) are ex officio, non-voting members of the BPU. Our Management Team shares decades of design, engineering, finance and management experience in multi-service utilities, power systems and public works organization.

Utilities Manager - Tim Glasco Timothy A. Glasco
Title: Utilities Manager

Mr. Glasco has been with the Department of Public Utilities since 1995 and is responsible directly to the Board of Public Utilities for the management and operations of the Department. He holds Bachelor's degrees in Microbiology and Civil Engineering as well as a Master's degree in Civil Engineering (Sanitary Engineering). A licensed Professional Engineer and certified as a Level IV Wastewater and Water Systems Operator, Mr. Glasco has more than 30 years of experience in municipal and public works engineering and management. 
 James Alarid - Deputy Utility Manager - Engineering Division James Alarid
Title:
Deputy Utility Manager - Engineering Division

James joined the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) engineering staff in 2002.  In 2008 James became the Deputy Manager of Engineering.  Prior to joining the DPU staff James worked as an engineer for 10 years in a combination of private and public sector positions.  James’ engineering experience in land development, utilities and roadways prepared him for the challenges of leading an engineering staff of six who support the natural gas, water distribution, water production, wastewater collection, wastewater treatment, electric distribution and electric production utility operations and infrastructure.  James is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of New Mexico and has a bachelors and masters degree from the University of New Mexico in Civil Engineering.  James is a member of the American Society of Engineers since 1994 and a member of the American Water Works Association since 2000.
 Steve Cummins - Deputy Utility Manager - Power Production Steve Cummins
Title: Deputy Utility Manager - Power Production

Joining the Department of Public Utilities leadership team in 2000, Mr. Cummins currently supervises operations for power production.  He serves as the manager of operations for the Los Alamos Power Pool pursuant to the County-DOE Electric Coordination Agreement. Other responsibilities include oversight of transmission service contracts, purchased power contracts, a jointly operated power control center, two hydroelectric facilities and power supply planning. Holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering Mr. Cummins is a licensed Professional Engineer with over 20 years of experience in municipal utility engineering and seven years of consultant engineering.
 Rafael De La Torre - Deputy Utility Manager for Electric Distribution Rafael De La Torre
Title: Deputy Utility Manager for Electric Distribution

Rafael De La Torre, PE is the Deputy Utilities Manager for Electric Distribution for Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities and a NM Quality Examiner.  Before arriving at Los Alamos in 2008, Rafael spent 1 year at ARES Corporation performing facility EE design for LANL, WIPP, and DOE Hanford.  Prior to that, Rafael spent 2 years at Los Alamos’ HYTEC/IMTEC designing and constructing computer tomography x-ray systems utilized in the orthodontic industry, DOD, and DOE facilities.   Rafael’s electric utility experience includes 16.5 years at Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative as its Director of Engineering and Operations.  Over the past 22 years, Rafael has gained extensive experience in the design of electrical systems ranging from 24 volts AC/DC up to 115,000 volts AC on both sides of the utility meter.

Rafael holds MSEE and BSEE degrees in electrical engineering from NMSU, is a registered professional engineer since 1993, and has been managing people for over 20 years. 


 Jack Richardson - Deputy Utility Manager - Gas, Water, and Sewer Services Jack Richardson
Title: Deputy Utility Manager - Gas, Water, and Sewer Services

Mr. Richardson has been with the Department of Public Utilities since 2010 and is responsible for operation of the natural gas distribution, wastewater collection and treatment, and water production and distribution systems. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from New Mexico State University and has three decades of experience in utilities and public works engineering with federal, private and municipal employers. He is a registered professional civil engineer in New Mexico.
 Robert Westervelt - Deputy Utility Manager - Finance & Administration Robert Westervelt
Title: Deputy Utility Manager - Finance & Administration

Joining the Department in 2012, Mr. Westervelt brings to the DPU over twenty years finance and accounting experience, including more than fifteen years in utilities and four in state government. Bob is the chief financial officer responsible for financial planning for the electric, gas, water and wastewater services, billing, and is DPU's contract manager on the Electric Coordination Agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy. He also holds responsibility for the 311 Customer Care Center that serves as centralized customer service for both Los Alamos County and the DPU. Bob received both his BBA and his MBA from the University of New Mexico, is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Governmental Financial Manager, a Certified Fraud Examiner, and a Chartered Global Management Accountant, and is a member of each of those professional associations.