Tony Atkinson
Tony Atkinson
FARMINGTON — Former San Juan County commissioner and chief executive Tony Atkinson was named Leadership New Mexico's 2013 Distinguished Alumnus at the group's annual awards dinner in early May.

Atkinson graduated from Leadership San Juan in 2004, and serves on its board of directors. He is also past president of the organization. Atkinson has also been involved at the state level, serving on the curriculum committee and the board of directors. He is a past chairman of the board.

"I've just been a big believer in the value of staying informed," Atkinson said.

Atkinson added the organization is valuable for networking.

"It's a way of keeping in touch," he said. "The network is very complete."

Atkinson was given the award at the 2013 Leadership New Mexico annual dinner May 3 at Sandia Resort Casino in Albuquerque.

Atkinson served for 16 years as chief executive of county government before retiring in 2004. He later won two terms as a county commissioner, serving for eight years