Executive Staff

City Manager Pili Ifo

Ifo Pili

City Manager

Ifo Pili began his duties as Las Cruces City Manager on Sept. 8, 2020. Before coming to Las Cruces, Mr. Pili was the city administrator in Eagle Mountain City, Utah since 2012. 

He also served as Eagle Mountain City’s assistant city administrator and economic development coordinator for six years before becoming city administrator. Mr. Pili also was the district administrator for the Unified Fire Service Area, which served 11 Utah municipalities and unincorporated Salt Lake County. 

Mr. Pili was also an adjunct professor in the Master of Public Administration program at Brigham Young University, teaching local government management. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science and a Master of Public Administration degree from BYU. 

He was born and raised in American Samoa until moving to Utah in his sophomore year of high school. 

At BYU, he was a scholarship football player for the Cougars, and received all-conference honors as a defensive lineman. His talent as a football player enabled Mr. Pili to play professionally, in the National Football League, for several teams, including the Houston Texans, Philadelphia Eagles, and New England Patriots. His playing career with the Eagles was highlighted by the team’s appearance in Super Bowl XXXIX. 

While attending BYU, Mr. Pili met his wife, Jenny, who then was a member of the track team. They now have eight children. 

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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.