ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — For the first time, a woman will lead the New Mexico Livestock Board.
The state Agriculture Department says Belinda Garland was appointed executive director of the board earlier this month.
Garland has nearly 30 years of experience in state and county government. She was most recently the deputy county manager in Torrance County and previously served as the county’s manager.
Her career also includes positions with the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, the Human Services Department and the Gaming Control Board.
Born and raised in Torrance County, Garland is a fourth-generation rancher. She earned degrees in agricultural business and animal science from Panhandle State University.
Garland will start her new job Dec. 9.
The board does patrols and inspections around the state to curb livestock diseases and theft.