By ALTA LeCOMPTE
From her long blonde hairs to her high-heeled pumps, Doña Ana Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association Executive Director Jennifer Horton looks the part when she enters a meeting room.
But the safety vest hanging on a chair in her office and the pink hard hat on her conference table attest to the fact that her job also takes her into the field, where boots replace dress pumps.
Since arriving on the job six years ago, Horton has been instrumental in securing $30 million in federal and state financing to improve and expand the water and sewer infrastructure that serves 5,600 members in unincorporated areas west and north of the city.
The association’s territory extends from Interstate 25 on the east to the Rio Grande on the west — and from the city limits north to Lujan Hill Road. It also includes all of Picacho Hills and “a small section south of the pumpkin patch.”