Donald T. Lopez, P.E., CMO
Donald (Don) T. Lopez is the Mayor of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque and a long term resident of the Village of Los Ranchos. Don is a registered Professional Engineer (PE), and worked for the State and Federal Government, the US Air Force and is presently a consulting Civil Engineer and Educator, with over 49 years of total engineering and management experience. He has recently worked on the Big I Reconstruction Project here in Albuquerque and the Rio Grande Diversion Dam and the Albuquerque Drinking Water Project.
He has lived most of his life in the Los Ranchos area of the Albuquerque North Valley. He attended Los Ranchos Elementary, Taft Junior High, Valley High School, New Mexico State University (BSCE), the University of New Mexico (MSCE) and postgraduate study at the University of California at Berkeley. Don retired in 2000 as the Assistant State Engineer of New Mexico and retired in 2000 as a Colonel after 32 years of service in the United States Air Force and Air Force Reserve.
Don offers many years of practical engineering and management experience to benefit our community. Don was elected seven times to the position of Trustee and was named Mayor in June 2018. Serving as a Trustee from 1992 to 2000 then from 2002 to the present, he maintains excellent contact with Village residents, strongly supports Village business owners and works hard to make improvements to the Village business community. He spent a great deal of time to ensure the upgrade of Village infrastructure particularly the Rio Grande Boulevard project, sewer, and 4th Street Revitalization. He feels his experience and unique perspective will promote progress, common sense solutions, and enable the Village to provide the best and most qualified government for the citizens of the Village of Los Ranchos. One of his highest priorities will be to ensure a continuous funding stream and the planning and construction of infrastructure in critical areas of the Village and he will work very hard to protect our Village lifestyle. Don has served as Mayor Pro Tem between 1996 to 2000 and 2004 to the present.
Don is a 2017 graduate of the New Mexico Municipal League (NMML) Municipal Officials Leadership Institute (MOLI). He completed all coursework for his MOLI certification in 2015, 2016, and received certification in 2017.
Updated June 2018