Two Clovis community leaders were honored at the New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Award annual dinner on Thursday in Albuquerque.
David Briseno, principal of La Casita Elementary, and Ken Huey Jr., chief financial officer of AccessBank in Clovis, were among 15 honored statewide.
The NMDPSA recognizes New Mexicans for their “outstanding contribution to public service,” according to a letter recipients received after they won the award.
Briseno was nominated by Steven Gamble, president of Easter New Mexico University.
Gamble said Briseno came to mind immediately because he is a leader in the community, an educator and he hosts the show “Cultura,” which focuses on Hispanic issues and is aired on KENW-TV, the local public broadcasting station in Portales. Briseno, an Artesia native and ENMU graduate, also works with La Casa Family Health Center and the New Mexico Association of Bilingual Education.
“He’s got the best interest of the people of the state of New Mexico in mind,” Gamble said. “He’s the type of person you want to provide leadership in any community.”
Richard Rivera, a producer and director at KENW-TV, also wrote a letter of recommendation.
“He’s the type of man we should all strive to be,” Rivera said.
Briseno said that his public service is just a reflection of what his parents taught him.
“I think the most exciting part is being able to honor my parents and say because of you, this is why I am here,” Briseno said.