District Commander Lt. Col. Jason Williams announced Oct. 4 the selection of John D’Antonio as Deputy District Engineer / Chief Planning, Programs and Project Management Division.
The position is being vacated by Jorge Colberg who will retire at the end of the calendar year with more than 29 years of service with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
D’Antonio’s start date with the District is Nov. 7, after he departs his position as the New Mexico State Engineer. He has been State Engineer for nine years, during multiple State administrations.
A former employee of the District, D’Antonio worked previously for the Corps as a hydraulic design engineer, project engineer, project manager, and chief of the hydraulics, hydrology, sedimentation and floodplain management section.
As a registered professional engineer in New Mexico and Colorado, D’Antonio brings a wealth of experience in hydraulic design, acequia rehabilitation, water resource management and water policy development. He has been a member of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Water Issues from 1998 to the present.
In his post as State Engineer, he was secretary of the Interstate Stream Commission, chairman of the Water Trust Infrastructure Investment Team and on the Drought Task Force. He was also New Mexico’s Commissioner to the Rio Grande, Costilla and Upper Colorado River Compact Commissions. D’Antonio is a native New Mexican and has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of New Mexico.