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Below is a listing of the current County Council members and their contact information.

Rick Reiss, Council Chair

Term Ends: December 31, 2018
Appointed by Council on September 6, 2012 to fill a vacant unexpired term and elected in 2014 for another term, Rick is a local small businessman and real estate developer. He has lived in Los Alamos since 1993. He was raised in southern New Mexico, received his Bachelors degree from New Mexico State University and is married to Deborah Reiss. They have 2 grown children, Rikki and Jason. The children graduated from Los Alamos High School and are successful in their careers in Texas.

Rick is active in Kiwanis, is a graduate of Leadership Los Alamos, a former co-chair, with his wife, for United Way, and a former board member of the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. 

Susan O'Leary, Council Vice Chair

Term Ends: 12/31/2018

Susan earned a B.A. from Georgetown University and an MBA from New York University.  After holding other jobs in publishing, she joined The Washington Post in 1992 and served as the Vice President of Advertising from 2001 until 2005.  As Vice President, her job was to align the individual efforts of her 500 person department to achieve the company’s strategic goals and to meet annual revenue goals of $750M. She led her team to grow revenue, to improve the customer experience and to control costs by upgrading technology, by replacing decades-old operations processes, and by creating new print and online products.  She also served on the Executive Board of the newspaper, participating in strategic planning, policy development and resource allocation.

Susan, her husband and their two elementary school aged children moved to Los Alamos from a barrier island on the North Carolina coast in 2011.  Since arriving in Los Alamos, Susan has volunteered extensively in the community.

Susan believes that success for any organization involves having clear, meritorious goals and having the discipline to act consistently in support of those goals.  As a member of the Council, Susan is leveraging her business experience to help build a more effective County enterprise by: 

  • Contributing to strategic planning efforts that reflect the priorities of the community and that will effectively guide the County Government;
  • Contributing to clear policy that supports strategic planning goals on a day-to-day basis;
  • Supporting budget priorities that align spending with strategic planning goals;
  • Evaluating and improving the County’s management effectiveness as an enterprise;
  • Improving the County’s public engagement with community stakeholders; and
  • Strengthening public trust in government through increased two-way communication and other transparency efforts.

James Chrobocinski, Councilor

Term Ends: 12/31/2018

James grew up in Los Alamos and returned here with his family in 2012 after living in Corpus Christi, TX for 27 years.

James was elected to his first term on County Council in November 2014 on a platform to help create a healthy, vibrant, and diverse business community that will strengthen our overall economy, make Los Alamos more attractive and enjoyable to our residents and guests, and create more opportunities for the youth in our community. He brings a fiscally conservative business background to the Council.

James' primary focus will be on eliminating governmental roadblocks to successful business, eliminating government overspending and waste, and promoting small business growth in our community. In addition he is dedicated to providing positive opportunities and resources to the youth in our county.

James is married to Mountain Elementary School nurse, Jacqueline Chrobocinski and has three boys - Tyler, Cameron, and JJ.


• Owner of Zia Realty Group 
• Owner of Once and Again—A Children’s Store with wife Jacqueline
• PRN House Supervisor at Los Alamos Medical Center
• Registered nurse with extensive experience in Hospital Administration/Management

Community Activities
• President of Los Alamos County Little League
• Little League Baseball Coach
• Vice-President of Mountain Elementary PTA
• Rotary STARS Member
• Los Alamos Housing Partnership—Board of Directors
• Chamber of Commerce Member

Steven Girrens, Councilor

Term Ends: 12/31/2016

Steve is committed to sustaining the quality of life we enjoy – a safe place to live, quality schools, unique recreational and cultural venues, and a “no better place” to raise a family.  He considers himself a champion for practical solutions that responsibly serve to balance our community’s expectations for services with available revenues and will make decisions to progress effective government.

Steve was elected to the Los Alamos Public Schools, Board of Education 2005-2009 serving one year each as President, Vice-President and Secretary over the 4-year term.

Steve was raised on a dairy and wheat farm outside Wichita, Kansas.  He moved to Los Alamos in January 1979 to accept a technical staff member position at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory.  He met Sharon Stover, his wife of nearly 30 years, at a County parks and recreation function.  They live in White Rock and have two college age children, Quinn and Craig, who graduated from Los Alamos Public Schools.

Steve is a mechanical engineer (Ph.D. from Colorado State University) and a registered Professional Engineer in New Mexico since 1983.  He is currently the Associate Director for Engineering Sciences at the Los Alamos National Laboratory responsible for providing strategy and motivation to achieve Laboratory goals for prototype fabrication, applied engineering technology and accelerator operations and technology.  He has over 31 years at the Laboratory working as a practicing mechanical engineer and manager developing and applying engineering technologies to solve problems in energy and defense.

Priorities for the Community

  • A proponent of the County’s established economic vitality priorities.
  • An advocate for balanced community investments, especially infrastructure revitalization.
  • A voice for mutually beneficial collaborations with the schools.
  • A supporter of the positive momentum promoting regional partnerships and collaboration.

Kristin Henderson, Councilor

Term Ends: 12/31/2016

Kristin and her family moved to Los Alamos in 2003, when her husband accepted a position at LANL. They feel fortunate to be raising two elementary-school aged children in such a vibrant community. As a Council member, Kristin wants to promote policies that benefit all of our citizens and broaden our economic base through “reasonable progress.” Kristin believes it is important to work with the Lab and our regional neighbors to create economic opportunities for the entire Northern New Mexico region, and to foster an environment that allows Los Alamos to be as dynamic as the people who call it home. 

Kristin served on the Trinity Site Redevelopment Project, a citizen committee that worked to bring the premier Smith's Marketplace in New Mexico to Los Alamos, which opened in 2014. She has also served as a Girl Scout Troop leader for many years, taught religion classes to children at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, and headed a neighborhood committee that built one of our community's newest play parks.

Kristin has a law degree from UCLA School of Law, and has worked in both law and the technology industry. Since 2006, Kristin has been an agent at RE/MAX of Los Alamos. Kristin’s many years working to help people and families move to and throughout Los Alamos and White Rock have given her a unique and diverse exposure to the benefits and challenges of our community.

Kristin is honored to represent her fellow citizens on County Council, and to have been elected Chair by her fellow Councilors.

David Izraelevitz, Councilor

Term Ends: December 31, 2018

David Izraelevitz was first selected by the Council to fill the unexpired term of James Hall, who was  appointed by Governor Martinez to be State House District 43 Representative. Hall filled the unexpired vacancy of Jeannette O. Wallace, who passed away unexpectedly in May, 2012.  David was then elected for another term in the November 2014 elections. On January 6, 2015, David was selected as Council Vice Chair. 

David is a first generation American, immigrating to the US at the age of eleven from Uruguay, South America.  He moved to Los Alamos in 1995 from Boston with his wife Terry, and his three children Joseph, Jacob and Adam.

David has been involved in many community organizations in Los Alamos, including the Lunch Buddies Program at Barranca Mesa Elementary, the local middle school MathCounts team, the Los Alamos Employees' Scholarship Fund, the J.R. Oppenheimer Memorial Committee, and the local section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.  He has also been very active in the Los Alamos Jewish Center, serving in a variety of board positions, including President 1999-2001 and 2009-2011.  He was a member of the Los Alamos County Planning and Zoning Commission from 2004-2009, serving as chair 2008-2009, and most recently was a member of the Los Alamos County Charter Review Committee until his appointment to the Los Alamos County Council in July 2011.

David telecommuted the first ten years living in Los Alamos developing computer algorithms in automated terrain analysis for the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).  He joined LANL in 2005, where he is currently a Research Engineer and Senior Project Leader.  He received the B.S. degree, Magna Cum Laude, in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the S.M., E.E., and Sc.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.

Pete Sheehey, Councilor

Term Ends: 12/31/2016

Pete Sheehey has lived and worked in Los Alamos since 1986. Pete comes from a California working class family that placed great importance on getting a good education.  He earned a scholarship to go to college at UC Santa Cruz, served as a computer technician in the US Air Force from 1976 to 1979, worked as a field engineer, and then went back to school to become a scientist.  After finishing a PhD in Physics at UCLA, he worked as a computational physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory on controlled fusion nuclear energy and nuclear weapons safety and reliability.  He retired in April 2012 from the Lab.  His interests include renewable energy, preservation of the environment, and music.  He is an avid runner, hiker, and a long-time member of the Los Alamos Mountaineers Club ( 

 Pete has been active in political and community affairs.  He has worked since the 1990's with the Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security (, a bi-partisan group that studies arms control and advocates for sound treaties and policies that increase our national security.  He served on the Los Alamos County Planning and Zoning Commission from 2008 to 2012, also serving for several years on the P&Z Board of Adjustment.  At the 2012 Redistricting Special Session of the New Mexico Legislature, Pete worked successfully with Los Alamos County Councilors, State Representatives, and others to keep Los Alamos County in a single legislative district.  He has also advocated for other issues at the New Mexico Roundhouse and the US Congress.

 The main effort of his campaign for County Council in 2012 was to knock on thousands of people’s doors in Los Alamos and White Rock, introduce himself, and ask what are their concerns about their county government.  They told him they are concerned about aggressive spending being done by the county, when the Lab's budget, the main source of the county's income, is being cut.  At the same time, they want us to go ahead with needed investments in education, infrastructure, and economic development: things that will help make this town more inviting to everyone, from students and single people, to families with children, to retirees.  Having played all of those roles in his time here, Pete aims to help find a balance between these concerns.  People are in pretty good agreement on priorities: public safety, infrastructure, education, and economic development, followed by improving our recreational amenities.  Pete is focused on communication to build consensus, prioritization, fiscal responsibility, and sustainability.  If we focus on these things, we will be able to afford all of the important things for our community, even in challenging times.

Contact Information
County Manager's Office 
Jacqueline Salazar 
Los Alamos County