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City Administrator and Deputy City Administrators

John Lowe

John Lowe

City Administrator

John Lowe is a 1993 graduate from Carlsbad High School who went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in City and Regional Planning from New Mexico State University. He joined the City of Carlsbad in 2006 and previously served as sports coordinator, sports superintendent, Community Development Director and Deputy Administrator. 

John Lowe is the proud father of a 13-year-old son, Justin. Lowe enjoys coaching youth baseball and supporting the Cavemen and Cavegirls athletic program.

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Phone: (575) 887-1191

Director of Finance/ City Treasurer

Wendy Austin is a native of Carlsbad.  She has two Bachelor Degrees – Administration and Accounting.  In addition, she is a graduate of Regis University with an MBA.
Wendy spent the early years of her career in banking and as an Audit Manager for the NM Taxation & Revenue Department.  Before joining the City, Wendy spent nine years in the Potash Industry in various leadership roles including Finance Manager.
Wendy and her husband Chris have 6 children and 3 grandchildren.

KC Cass

KC Cass, a Carlsbad native, is a third generation member of his family to have a background in the construction industry. After serving as the regional manager for a large commercial supply store, he joined the City of Carlsbad as a building inspector in 2009. He later became Carlsbad’s Certified Building Official. He most recently served as Carlsbad’s Director of Projects.

K.C. Cass and his wife, Elizabeth, have three children, Kayla, Andrew and Amber. He said he enjoys fishing in his free time. KC is the brother to Director of Public Works Patrick Cass.

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