State Engineer Resigns

New Mexico – State Engineer John D'Antonio Tuesday announced his resignation after nearly 9 years as New Mexico's top water official.

"I have deeply enjoyed my tenure as State Engineer and I feel that I and my colleagues have greatly improved the office and made tremendous progress on the big water issues facing New Mexico," D'Antonio said. "I remember with particular satisfaction our work on Indian water rights settlements -- and relations with tribes and pueblos in general, adjudication advancement -- particularly in the lower Rio Grande, and implementation of the Pecos Settlement, domestic well regulations and active water resource management."

D'Antonio announced he was taking a position with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in its Albuquerque office as the Deputy District Engineer for Programs and Project Management. He will stay on as State Engineer for 30 days while Governor Susana Martinez designates a successor.

"I will do everything I can to ensure a smooth transition for my successor," D'Antonio said. "I feel very strongly that having the office of the State Engineer competent and impartial in its administration of state water law serves the interests of all New Mexicans."

A Republican, D'Antonio was appointed State Engineer by Governor Bill Richardson in the opening days of his administration in 2003 after serving in the position as Cabinet Secretary of the NM Environment Department under the Johnson Administration. He continued to serve as State Engineer, with no commitment on his job tenure, for the first nine months of the Martinez administration.