The Utility Operators Certification Advisory Board (UOCAB) is mandated by NMSA 1978, Section 61-33-4 and works with the Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) to establish qualifications for operators, classify public water supply systems and public wastewater facilities, adopt rules and advise the department on the administration of the Utility Operators Certification Act.

Utility Operator Certification Regulations (20.7.4 NMAC)

Utility Operator Certification Act (61-33-1 NMSA 1978)

The UOCAB is a seven-member board plus two alternate members that are appointed by the WQCC and meet at least quarterly or at the call of the Chair.

Current UOCAB members are:

  1. Eisen, Cathy, Chair, Walking Water Consulting (term ends June 30, 2025)
  2. Abell, Ivan (Michael), Vice Chair, City of Carlsbad (term ends June 30, 2025)
  3. Mitchell, Rick, Flora Vista MDWA (term ends June 30, 2026)
  4. Graham, Richard (Dale) (term ends June 30, 2025)
  5. Gilvarry, Maria (term ends June 30, 2024)
  6. Hoke, Sydney, H2O Innovation (term ends June 30, 2026)
  7. Towle, Bobby, Rio Communities (term ends June 30, 2024)

Alternate UOCP Board Members:

  1. Byers, Craig, Village of Los Lunas (term ends June 30, 2026)
  2. Aguirre Jr., Filiberto, City of Las Cruces Water O & M (term ends June 30, 2024)

June 27, 2024 Meeting

January 11, 2024 Meeting

October 12, 2023 Meeting

September 14, 2023 Meeting

June 22, 2023 Meeting

January 19, 2023 Meeting

November 10, 2022 Meeting

September 22, 2022 Meeting

June 9, 2022 Meeting

February 3, 2022 Meeting

Upcoming UOCAB meetings and associated materials are found on the NMED Events Calendar. Past UOCAB meeting materials are available on the archived version of our previous website.

On the Docket

For matters currently before boards, commissions and the Environment Department Secretary, visit our Docketed Matters page or the Docketed Matters Archive page

Information about how to join hearings and when they are scheduled is available on the Department's calendar.

Contact Us

Office of Public Facilitation

The OPF staff are present in the Runnels Building (1190 So. St. Francis Drive Santa Fe, NM) from 8 -5 Monday through Friday with limited availability during the noon hour. To make an appointment for in-person viewing of documents please contact:

The Office of Public Facilitation…..please contact staff below:
Pamela Jones at 505-660-4305 ( or

Watch Later

Video recordings of hearings before the Secretary and boards and commissions, as well as boards and commissions meetings, are available on our YouTube channel.

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