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Mayor Webber Appoints Dept. of Health General Counsel Erin McSherry as City Attorney
UNM Law Alumna is an Experienced Public Service Lawyer
Santa Fe, NM – The City’s top lawyer will be a UNM Law graduate who clerked for the New Mexico Supreme Court and has served three state departments as General Counsel. Erin McSherry joins the City of Santa Fe from the New Mexico Department of Health, where she leads a bureau of eight attorneys, a records custodian, support staff and interns. At 3,000 employees—twice the size of the City—the Department of Health is New Mexico’s largest state agency.
Mayor Webber said, “A good City Attorney has to run a small law firm and at the same time serve effectively as a public policy advisor—not just to me but to our entire administration and the City Council. Erin is an accomplished attorney with a public policy perspective honed at the highest levels of government in our state. She will give us the legal tools we need to make Santa Fe the most user-friendly, family-friendly, and eco-friendly City in the nation. We’re excited to have her join our team.”
Erin has extensive public policy experience, advising leaders at the Department of Health, Department of Cultural Affairs, and Department of Tourism in procurement, public contracts, labor agreements, governmental conduct, historic preservation and administrative law.
Prior to law school, she worked as a fiscal analyst for the Legislative Finance Committee of the New Mexico Legislature.
During law school, Erin served as the editor-in-chief of the law review. She built experience in public service law as a clerk for the Public Regulation Commission and during stints at prominent election law firm Perkins Coie and the New Mexico Public Defender’s Office.
She is currently a board member of the State Bar’s Public Law Section and recently completed her term as the President of the First Judicial District Bar Association.
Erin said, “I’m excited about the Webber administration’s goals to improve City government, and I’m ready to contribute to this team’s efforts to better serve city residents, grow sustainably, and support Santa Fe’s families.”
She is also active in Santa Fe civic life, coaching a High School Mock Trial team at Pojoaque Valley High School, serving on the Citizen Redistricting Commission which re-drew Council districts in 2015 and on the board of Habitat for Humanity.
She takes over for Interim City Attorney Geno Zamora, who said, “Erin is just what the City needs: An energetic problem solver who can take legal issues and find practical, real-world solutions to support department heads, city councilors, and Mayor Webber as they proactively get things done for Santa Fe. She has a great reputation as a rising star in the legal community and the Department is in good hands.”
Erin joins Chief of Staff Jarel LaPan Hill and newly announced Department Heads Regina Wheeler (Public Works), Mary McCoy (Finance), and Bernadette Salazar (Human Resources) as one of the first new hires in the Webber administration. She is the first-named of the three positions the full-time Mayor is responsible for hiring: the City Manager, City Clerk, and City Attorney.
The City Attorney is appointed by the Mayor and approved by the Governing Body. Erin’s name will be submitted for a vote at the June 27th City Council meeting.
Contact: Matt Ross, Public Information. (505) 955-6045, [bot protected email address].