Meet the City Manager

Robert "Rob" Mayes, City Manager 

Education & Personal Life

Rob grew up in the midwest, graduating from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he earned both a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Master of Arts (M.A.) degrees. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) through New Mexico Highlands University. Rob and his family call Farmington home since moving here in 1998.

Rob enjoys reading, biking and walking on the Animas Riverwalk, as well as traveling with his wife of 37 years, Carol. Carving out ample time for his children and grandchildren is a top priority. He fancies himself a bit of an amateur grill and smoke master as well!

Professional Career

Mr. Mayes has had a long professional career focusing on organizational leadership working in the non-profit, for-profit, and government sectors.

Rob ventured into public service in 2006 when joining the staff in the City Manager’s Office and, shortly after, formally promoted to Assistant City Manager. He has served as City Manager since April 2008, making him the longest tenured City Manager in Farmington’s history.  

International City / County Managers Association

Rob is also an International City/County Managers Association (ICMA) Credentialed City Manager, one among just 14% of local government management professionals, and a member of the New Mexico City Management Association (NMCMA) through the New Mexico Municipal League (NMML). Rob has served as the NMCMA President, as well as being elected District 1 Director of the NMML Board.

Community Service

He is actively involved in the community and serves on the following boards and commissions:
  • Farmington Chamber of Commerce
  • San Juan Safe Communities Initiative (SJSCI)
  • Totah Behavioral Health Authority (TBHA)
  • Four Corners Economic Development, Inc.
  • San Juan Regional Medical Center Corporation