ALBUQUERQUE – Belinda Garland was appointed executive director of the New Mexico Livestock Board on Nov. 1. Garland was most recently deputy county manager of Torrance County. She is the first woman appointed to head the New Mexico Livestock Board.
Garland has 28 years of experience working in state and county government roles. Prior to serving as deputy county manager, she served as the Torrance County Manager. Her career also includes positions with the New Mexico Taxation & Revenue Department, New Mexico Human Services Department and New Mexico Gaming Control Board.
Garland holds bachelor’s degrees in agricultural business and animal science from Panhandle State University. Born and raised in Torrance County, Garland is a fourth-generation rancher.
Her first day in the New Mexico Livestock Board office will be Monday, Dec. 9.