Senior Management Team

The Department of Public Utilities' Senior Management Team operates under the jurisdiction and control of the Board of Public Utilities, a group of five citizens, each appointed by the Los Alamos County Council. The County Manager (Harry Burgess) and Utilities Manager (Philo Shelton) are ex officio, non-voting members of the BPU. Our Management Team shares decades of design, engineering, and management experience in multi-service utilities, power systems and public works organization.

Philo Shelton, Utilities Manager
Philo S. Shelton, III
Title: Utilities Manager

Mr. Shelton is a registered Professional Engineer in the Civil Engineering discipline. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute and received his Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is also a Certified Public Manager and holds a Master of Public Administration degree from University of Colorado at Denver. Mr. Shelton joined the County in June 2012 and served as the County’s Public Works Director until June 2019. Prior to joining the County, Mr. Shelton had been a Public Works Director since 2001 serving in the communities of Steamboat Springs and Black Hawk, Colorado. 

 James Alarid - Deputy Utility Manager - Engineering Division James Alarid
Title: Deputy Utility Manager - Engineering Division

Mr. Alarid joined the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) engineering staff in 2002.  In 2008 Mr. Alarid became the Deputy Manager of Engineering.  Prior to joining the DPU staff Mr. Alarid worked as an engineer for 10 years in a combination of private and public sector positions.  Mr. Alarid's engineering experience in land development, utilities and roadways prepared him for the challenges of leading an engineering staff of six who support the natural gas, water distribution, water production, wastewater collection, wastewater treatment, electric distribution and electric production utility operations and infrastructure.  Mr. Alarid is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of New Mexico and has a bachelors and masters degree from the University of New Mexico in Civil Engineering.  Mr. Alarid is a member of the American Society of Engineers since 1994 and a member of the American Water Works Association since 2000.
 Steve Cummins - Deputy Utility Manager - Power Production Steve Cummins
Title: Deputy Utility Manager - Power Production

Joining the Department of Public Utilities leadership team in 2000, Mr. Cummins currently supervises operations for power production and electric distribution.  He serves as the manager of operations for the Los Alamos Power Pool pursuant to the County-DOE Electric Coordination Agreement. Other responsibilities include oversight of transmission service contracts, purchased power contracts, a jointly operated power control center, two hydroelectric facilities and power supply planning. Holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering Mr. Cummins is a licensed Professional Engineer with over 20 years of experience in municipal utility engineering and seven years of consultant engineering.
 Jack Richardson - Deputy Utility Manager - Gas, Water, and Sewer Services Jack Richardson
Title: Deputy Utility Manager - Gas, Water, and Sewer Services

Mr. Richardson has been with the Department of Public Utilities since 2010 and is responsible for operation of the natural gas distribution, wastewater collection and treatment, and water production and distribution systems. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from New Mexico State University and has three decades of experience in utilities and public works engineering with federal, private and municipal employers. He is a registered professional civil engineer in New Mexico.
H. Garcia Heather Garcia
Title: Deputy Utility Manager - Finance & Administration

Heather Garcia joined DPU in 2018 as the Business Operations Manager under the Finance and Admin Division, and now serves as the Deputy Utilities Manager for Finance and Administration. She has 14 years of experience in budget and finance with Los Alamos County and Los Alamos National Labs. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business and a Master of Business Administration from New Mexico State University. Heather is the chief financial officer responsible for financial planning for the electric, gas, water and wastewater services, billing, and contract management of the Electric Coordination Agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy. She also oversees the Customer Care Center that serves as a centralized customer service for both the Los Alamos County and the DPU. Heather is a member of the National Public Employer Labor Relations Association and the Government Finance Officers Association.