New Mexico State Parks honored staff, volunteers and partners during its annual awards ceremony on November 13 in Elephant Butte. A total of 21 awards were given and five retirees honored.
“State Parks had an excellent array of nominees and awardees for this year’s award banquet,” said Director Tommy Mutz. “I am honored to work with such talented and dedicated staff, volunteers and partners.”
The Division’s top honor, the Governor’s Award, went to Superintendent Daniel Gurule from Cimarron Canyon State Park. Gurule was the sole employee at the popular park during a very busy summer. Throughout, he continued to provide support to other parks in the area, provided First Aid and CPR training statewide and held great educational events at the park.
The Secretary’s Award went to Southwest Regional Administrator Melissa Torres. Torres was recognized for her dedication, attitude and great institutional knowledge when providing administrative, budgeting and procurement support to her region.
Four individuals were recognized with a Director’s Award, given for exceeding high standards while performing duties: Lauren Aguilar, marketing assistant in the Santa Fe Office for going above and beyond in providing excellent marketing materials and services; Ranger Leila Haver from Brantley Lake State Park for taking on management…