Writer: Mike Smith
Francisco Sanchez was overwhelmed and honored when the New Mexico Department of Transportation (DOT) picked him to replace Tim Parker as District 2 Engineer for an office that covers nearly ten counties and hundreds of miles of asphalt.
Sanchez said Parker left DOT’s District 2 office in Roswell in December 2020 to take a job with the Texas Department of Transportation in San Antonio.
DOT promoted Sanchez to the top job earlier this month and has worked for DOT for nearly a decade, read a news release.
“I’m up to the challenge and super excited to take the position NMDOT has such an impact on everyday lives and I’m just looking forward to improving roads in Southeast New Mexico,” he said.
DOT Cabinet Secretary Michael Sandoval said Sanchez is a valuable addition to the department’s leadership.
“He sets a professional standard for not only the district but the entire department and brings a wealth of experience which will serve southeast New Mexico and NMDOT well,” he said in the news release.
Sanchez graduated from New Mexico State University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1999. He has more than 20 years of experience working for the U.S Army Corps of Engineer, City of Roswell, and DOT, the release cited.
Sanchez said his immediate plans for District 2 are to continue on with projects set up by Sandoval and Parker.
“And addressing the corridors in Southeast New Mexico (and) continue to fulfill the commitment to complete U.S. 285 and beginning the process to construct New Mexico (State Road) 31 and New Mexico (State Road) 128,” he said.