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OCD Contact List Dated 6/7/2024

Dylan Fuge, Acting OCD Director, EMNRD Deputy Cabinet Secretary

Dylan Fuge was appointed the Director of the Oil Conservation Division (OCD) in May 2023, and most recently, November 2023, Mr. Fuge accepted the position of Deputy Cabinet Secretary of the Energy, Minerals, Natural Resources Department.  Mr. Fuge has been EMNRD’s General Counsel since March 2021. Dylan is a natural resources attorney with 15+ years of experience in both the private and public sectors advising clients on complex natural resources and regulatory issues, including issues surrounding oil and gas development on state, federal and tribal lands.  Prior to OCD, Mr. Fuge worked at Latham & Watkins, LLP and with the Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management.  He holds degrees in Geology and Studies in the Environment from Yale University and earned his Law Degree and a Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University. Dylan has been an integral component of the legal team supporting the OCD since he joined EMNRD as General Counsel.

Brandon Powell, Deputy Director

Brandon Powell was named Deputy Director May 2023, and previously the Engineering Bureau Chief of the Oil Conservation Division in November of 2020. Brandon has 17+ years with the Division. He started in 2006 as an Environmental Specialist, from there he has been promoted through several positions including an Inspection and Enforcement supervisor, and District Supervisor. In his time with the Division, Brandon has also participated in and been an integral part of multiple Environmental and Engineering related rule makings.

Gerasimos “Gerry” Razatos, Deputy Director

Gerry Razatos was appointed the Deputy Director of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD), Oil Conservation Division (OCD) in June 2022. Gerry’s extensive New Mexico State administrative experience focuses on operations, developing or revising policy, procedures, rules, and regulations.  He was appointed to the NM Water Quality Control Commission in May 2023. He has extensive experience in testifying as an expert witness and criminal proceedings.  Gerry holds degrees in Business Administration (M.B.A.), Biology (B.S.), and Spanish (B.S.).

Joe Cruz, Bureau Chief, Administrative

Joe Cruz was named Administrative Bureau Chief of the Oil Conservation Division in June 2022.  Joe has 15+ years in private industry and 10+ years in state government.  His previous positions with the State of New Mexico includes Mortgage Industry Manager with the Regulation and Licensing Department (Financial Institutions Division) as well as Financial Audit Supervisor with the Office of the State Auditor.  His credentials demonstrate extensive knowledge in management, auditing, regulatory compliance and administration. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Financial Management, a Supplementary Major in Law and Society (Pre-Law) and a Minor in Spanish from New Mexico State University.

Rosa M. Romero, Bureau Chief, Environmental

Rosa Romero was named the Environmental Bureau Chief of the Oil Conservation Division in April 2022.  Prior to the Oil Conservation Division, Rosa worked 10+ years in New Mexico regulatory compliance with the New Mexico Environment Department and the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer in various capacities with a focus on legislative development and building industry partnerships. Originally from Taos, NM, Rosa attended Western New Mexico University with a degree in Professional Zoology.

Justin Wrinkle, Bureau Chief, Engineering

Justin Wrinkle was named Engineering Bureau Chief in July 2023, and was previously the engineering specialist supervisor for the division since March 2022. Justin has 15+ years of experience in the oil and gas industry starting in 2001 as a field operator and has since held numerous positions, including Lead Field Operator, Production Foreman, Superintendent and has participated in multiple scopes including drilling, production, completions, and environmental activities.  Originally from Roswell, NM, Justin is currently located in Carlsbad, NM.