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Growth at Las Cruces Utilities Needs People Like You

LCU Valerie Marrs

By Cassie McClure

As of Jan. 3, 2022, there were 66 positions to be filled at Las Cruces Utilities (LCU).

Some of those positions will be filled internally by City employees who have grown their skills and are ready to take on new challenges, just like LCU Interim Staffing Specialist Valerie Marrs. She has been with LCU since 2013 in Customer Central but was drawn to being able to help others in her department by reconfiguring training and standard operating procedures.

“Not everyone learns in the same way, and I made it my personal mission to figure out ways to get people to understand situations and scenarios better,” Marrs said.

Marrs estimated through the years she has trained more than 30 people.

“I enjoy seeing employees learn, especially when they develop better communication skills,” she said. “It’s important that employees know the why behind what they are doing to be more effective at their role.”

In her new role as staffing specialist, Marrs sees how being adaptable to new challenges and showing how she overcame those challenges in her career can bring success to herself and others.

“I’d recommend taking the time to reevaluate if there are different skills or things that you’ve achieved that should be highlighted for the job for which you’re applying each time you submit an application, even if there is a single, reusable profile available,” Marrs said. “For example, if there has been a leadership moment that you can share for a job that might have a supervisory role, a situation that might catch the eye of those who review the applications, put it higher up on your resume or list it in a revised cover letter. Experience can align better for one job than it might for another.”

Marrs explained, too, that some positions have more than one position to fill. Even if those positions get filled, the applications to that job get stored in an applicant pool that LCU could use to reach out to the same group of people within six months.

To find out what jobs are currently open at LCU – all positions start at $15 per hour – check out: https://www.las-cruces.org/2001/Work-For-Us.

Las Cruces Utilities Customer Central can be reached at 575/541-2111 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. LCU provides clean, safe, and reliable services to Las Cruces residents and businesses. Learn more at: las-cruces.org/180/Utilities For emergencies, call Dispatch at 575/526-0500.

Note: This story was recently published in the Las Cruces Bulletin. Cassie McClure is not a City employee.

PHOTO CAPTION:

Las Cruces Utilities Interim Staffing Specialist Valerie Marrs stands in front of the City of Las Cruces posted jobs that can be found at locations such as City Hall and Thomas Branigan Memorial Library.

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