Executive Staff

David Maestas

David Maestas

Interim City Manager

David has served in a variety of positions at the City of Las Cruces starting in 1990 as a Co-Operative Educational Engineering Student in the construction section of the Engineering Department.

After graduating from New Mexico State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering, he worked for a year in half as an engineer intern with the New Mexico Department of Transportation where he was involved with all aspects of a project from surveying, to design, construction, and maintenance.

He returned to the City of Las Cruces as a Project Manager in Construction in 1995. While working in the Construction Management Section he obtained his Professional Engineer’s Licensure. Since then he has served as Contracts Administrator, Transportation Director, Quality of Life Director and most recently, Public Works Director.

David says during his tenure with the City it has been an honor working to provide the best possible customer service to the City Council, his co-workers, and constituents.

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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.