Commissioner Barney Trujillo elected as Chairman of the LANL Coalition of Communities

Image: Commissioner Trujillo at Friday's RCLC meeting in Los Alamos. Meeting locations rotate among membership. Courtesy image

Commissioner Barney Trujillo elected as Chairman of the LANL Coalition of Communities

Los Alamos – On Friday Rio Arriba County Commissioner Barney Trujillo was elected as the new Chairman of the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC), which serves as the voice for regional governments and the people of Northern New Mexico to Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Nuclear Safety Administration, (NNSA) and our Congressional Delegation. “I look forward to serving as a strong voice for the people of Northern New Mexico in this capacity. I will work diligently to ensure laboratory funding is not reduced or impacted by the sequestration, the procurement process and policies favor our local businesses and environmental remediation continue to be a priority for LANS.” 

Commissioner Trujillo was selected in January by his colleagues on the County Commission to serve as their representative to the RCLC. Commissioner Trujillo is the first Chairman of the LANL Coalition from Rio Arriba County. The RCLC is made up of elected officials from Rio Arriba County, the City of Española  , Santa Fe County, Taos County, Los Alamos County, the City of Santa Fe, the Town of Taos and the local Tribes. Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales was elected as Vice Chairman.

The former Chair of the RCLC, Mayor Alice Lucero said in an interview following the vote that she will remain as the representative for the City of Española   in this body. Lucero said “I am proud of the work we have been doing for New Mexico with the coalition and look forward to doing more for our communities in the future.”