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The City of Las Cruces has selected Ikani Taumoepeau to serve as an assistant city manager alongside Eric Enriquez, the city said in a news release.
Taumoepeau previously served as city manager in Clayton, assistant city manager in Santa Paula and deputy city manager in Morro Bay – all in California – and as economic development director/assistant to the city administrator in Eagle Mountain, Utah. In that post, he served alongside Las Cruces City Manager Ifo Pili.
Taumoepeau brings experience and skills in economic development, budget development, enhancing community engagement and facilitating community development, the city said. He has conducted complex policy and program analysis and worked closely with city councils, presenting recommendations on various issues. He also is bilingual, speaking both English and Spanish.
Taumoepeau earned his bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in Spanish and his master’s of public administration degree from Brigham Young University.