The Southern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority announced Tuesday that Dave Gatterman will take over as executive engineer, according to a press release.

Gatterman was appointed by SSCAFCA’s board of directors to replace Charles Thomas, who will be retiring. Gatterman will assume his role effective Saturday, per the release.

SSCAFCA, located at 1041 Commercial Drive in Rio Rancho, is an independent political body that acquires, improves, maintains and operates flood and storm water control facilities on streams and watersheds that enter, originate in or cross into the area, the release said.

Dave Gatterman, SSCAFCA executive engineer.
(Courtesy photo)

Gatterman joined SSCAFCA in September 2012, overseeing the group’s stormwater quality permitting functions, capital project management and facility operations, per the release. He previously served as the Bureau Chief of Design and Development at New Mexico State Parks, managing capital outlay budgets, overseeing the development and construction of new state parks and overseeing capital improvement projects at existing state parks.

“It is a privilege to be part of an organization with such a dedicated, professional staff and the visionary goal to manage our arroyos as sustainably as possible while still holding flood safety paramount,” Gatterman said in the release. “We are an organization led by a purpose — the protection of human health and infrastructure while managing our facilities and lands in a way that they can be prudently used by the public for outdoor quality of life.”