New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards 2012
Recognizing Those Committed to Making a Difference
Dewey Cave
As Executive Director of the Mid-Region Council of Governments (MRCOG), Dewey Clark has earned high marks for understanding that the organization needs to be a flexible, responsive agency in order to meet the changing needs of its member governments. He has been lauded for his exceptional managerial and administrative skills. According to a letter of nomination in Mr. Clark’s behalf, “He knows local government and meets his own high standards.”

Many, if not all of the improvements, innovations, ideas and actions of Mr. Clark, which have contributed to greater effectiveness and reduced cost of government operations over a long career in local government, come from his background in the fields of finance and administration, starting with his studies in accounting and business administration at Eastern New Mexico University. During his tenure as director of the City of Albuquerque Aviation Department, the bond rating was upgraded to an “Aa” rating, one of only four airports in the country to receive the high ranking. He saved the department over $300,000 a year by reducing reliance on paid consultants, while managing 265 employees and a $60 million budget.

At the MRCOG, Mr. Clark not only directs its daily operations, but he also oversees diverse special programs dealing with community issues such as transportation, workforce development, agricultural collaborative and the New Mexico Rail Runner Express. He also has promoted the concept of regionalism and its importance to jurisdictions in the Central Region. Mr. Clark completed the first Joint Land use Study for Kirtland Air Force Base and the Albuquerque Sunport, and developed both a short- and long-term strategy to stabilize the financial status of the Rail Runner Express after the economic downturn. Under his watch, the MRCOG Economic Development Division was chosen as one of the 12 most effective in the nation, among 388 districts.

Mr. Clark is a member of the N.M. Association of Regional Councils, the committee of the Urban Land Institute and other regional and local groups. He reached out to the small community of Peralta to help prepare its first Comprehensive Plan, and assisted several communities in procuring Community Development Block Grants.

For the past four years, Mr. Clark has served as treasurer and a member of the board for the First Steps Child Care Center in Tijeras, where he lives. His duties include handling the budget, ensuring compliance with state regulations, and overseeing personnel matters. As a result of his oversight and financial acumen, the center is not only solvent, but thriving.

A letter of support on behalf of Mr. Clark noted that “the degree of his service can be measured by the improved quality of life his efforts have brought to those he serves.”