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Mayor Tim Keller Announces Appointments in Environment Health, Municipal Development, Transit

New team members bring local leadership experience, diversity, energy to City of Albuquerque

 February 12, 2019

Today Mayor Tim Keller announced four new appointments within the City of Albuquerque. Sandra Begay will be the new Director of Environmental Health, Jolene Slowen will join as the Deputy Director for Environmental Health, Stephanie Dominguez will become the Deputy Director of Transit, and Harold Pope Jr. will join the Department of Municipal Development as a Facilities Transition Advisor.

“Appointing talented and diverse local leadership to serve in these different capacities will help these departments get to the next level. These folks will help us tackle some of Albuquerque’s biggest challenges and implement our vision for a safe, inclusive, and innovate city,” said Mayor Tim Keller.

Sandra Begay, Director of Environmental Health

Sandra was born and raised in New Mexico and is a member of the Navajo Nation. Sandra received her Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of New Mexico. She then earned her Masters of Science in Structural Engineering from Stanford University. Before joining the City of Albuquerque, Sandra was an engineer at Sandia National Labs.

Jolene Slowen, Deputy Director of Environmental Health

Jolene is a native New Mexican and served in State Government for over 23 years, previously as the Deputy Director of Local Government Division of the Department of Finance and Administration. She also worked for the YWCA Middle Rio Grande. Jolene is committed to bringing accountability, stewardship, transparency and authentic leadership to government.

Stephanie Dominguez, Deputy Director of Transit

Stephanie is a native New Mexican and graduate from the University of New Mexico with an undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Science as well as a Master’s in Public Administration. Stephanie comes with eight years of experience in local government, most recently with the Village of Los Ranchos.

Harold Pope Jr., Facilities Transition Advisor, Department of Municipal Development

Harold Pope Jr. is a veteran of the United States Air Force who moved to Albuquerque in 2009. Harold received his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of New Mexico and his graduate degree from the University of Florida, and is a retiree from Kirtland Air Force Base. Harold is a husband and father as well as a member of the Iota Psi Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He is also the Chairman of the Board for the March of Dimes Foundation and is very active in Big Brothers/Big Sisters and mentors a young man from Amy Biehl High School.