Executive Staff

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William Studer

Interim City Manager

Mr. Studer took over as assistant city manager on April 3, 2017. He is a practiced and skilled administrator with a broad range of experience in city government management, finance, community relations and economic development. He demonstrated success in developing and implementing cost-effective, customer-oriented programs and services and possesses a collaborative management style with emphasis on excellence, accountability and communication.

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Barbara DeLeon

Interim Assistant City Manager, Chief Administrative Officer

Ms. DeLeon joined the City of Las Cruces in 2010 with an extensive analytical background in both the technology and healthcare business sectors.  As Senior Management Analyst, she was successful in developing process improvements and evaluating program effectiveness for the City’s operating departments, in addition to administering the City’s strategic planning efforts.  In 2016, Ms. DeLeon served as the Project Manager for the City-wide reimplementation of the Munis ERP system and in 2017 she promoted to Chief of Staff with responsibility for policy development, performance management, system evaluation, and community outreach.  She has also served as the Interim Deputy Finance Director.  Ms. DeLeon is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a BBA and MBA in Finance.

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David Dollahon, AICP

Assistant City Manager, Chief Operations Officer

Mr. Dollahon has worked for the City of Las Cruces since 1990, when he was hired as an intern in the city’s Planning Department. He worked his way through the ranks of city government, with positions as planning technician, assistant planner, zoning administrator, senior planner, neighborhood services administrator, chief planning administrator, director of the City’s Quality of Life Department. He has also served as assistant city manager/chief administrative manager, overseeing the finance department and other internal services, and was Interim City Manager during the City’s 2016 city manager search period.

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Amber Vaughn

Interim Chief of Staff

Ms. Vaughn joined the City of Las Cruces in 2008 as the Operations/Management Analyst in the Public Works Department.  She has held various jobs throughout her career at the City including, Senior Management Analyst, Acting Business Systems Analyst, Interim Fleet Administrator, and PEAK Performance Manager.  Ms. Vaughn graduated from New Mexico State University with a Bachelor’s Degree of Accountancy.

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Leeann DeMouche

Chief Budget Officer, Office of Management and Budget 

Ms. DeMouche has worked for the City of Las Cruces since 2012, when she was hired as the Water Conservation Coordinator in the City’s Utilities Department. She has held various positions in the City such as Rate and Economic Analyst Manager at Utilities and Fleet Administrator at Fleet Services. Currently as Chief Budget Officer she manages the Office of Management and Budget, Grants, and Fleet Services. She is a graduate of New Mexico State University with a BA and MA in Economics.