New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards 2012
Recognizing Those Committed to Making a Difference
Deborah A. Peacock
Deborah Peacock, the managing director of the prestigious intellectual law firm, Peacock Myers, P.C., in Albuquerque, and a registered Professional Engineer, has a long history of service to the State of New Mexico. She currently serves on two government boards as a Regent at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, and as Chair of the Environmental Improvement Board – and her vast experience in both the legal and engineering fields serves both entities and their constituents quite well.

As EIB Chair, Ms. Peacock has demonstrated unparalleled commitment and selfless service in dealing with rules regarding cap and trade, greenhouse gas emissions, liquid waste, petroleum storage tanks, drinking water, regional haze and other EPA regulations. She is said to spend as many as 40 hours a month on behalf of the EIB as an unpaid volunteer.

Because of Ms. Peacock’s leadership as EIB Chair and her attention to detail, the quality of petitions and hearing materials submitted to the EIB have substantially improved over the past few years. All petitions must be timely and complete, and include all federal regulations referred to and cross-referenced. The end result is environmental regulations that make sense for the public, industry and the State of New Mexico. All EIB board appeals thus far have been dismissed, primarily due to Ms. Peacock’s legal expertise and involvement in these appeals. She is known among her EIB colleagues as someone who will “power through” the long and often tedious hearings, treating each individual with respect, and making them feel welcome during public comment – and she does all this with good humor and without complaint.

Ms. Peacock sits on the boards of Arrowhead Innovation Network at New Mexico State University, Albuquerque Community Foundation, Kirtland Air Force Base Partnership Committee, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Explora Science Center and Children’s Museum, New Mexico Israel Business Exchange and New Mexico Angels. She also serves on the Mayor’s Prosperity Committee and previously was on the State Engineer Transition team.

With her law partner, Jeffrey D. Myers, Ms. Peacock established a volunteerism program at the law office to encourage employees to participate in volunteer activities. The firm rewards employees up to $5,000 per year for their community participation with organizations and events on behalf of the homeless, animals, sports, the arts, education and the environment.

She has received professional recognition and numerous honors including the Colorado School of Mines Distinguished Medal Award (2013), 2012 Engineer of the Year (N.M. Society of Professional Engineers, Albuquerque Chapter), Martindale Hubbell AV Rating (2006 to present), Best Lawyers in America Recognition (1997 to present), Ethics in Business Award (2009), Best of the Bar Award (2009), Quality of Life Employer Award (2009) and Governor’s Volunteerism Award (2005).