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About the CFO: Carmen Arrieta-Candelaria


Carmen Arrieta-Candelaria

Carmen Arrieta-Candelaria is a native New Mexican and graduated from New Mexico State University (NMSU) with a Bachelors Degree in Accounting and a Masters Degree in Business Administration. Since 1993, she has been certified as a Certified Public Accountant in Texas and has worked extensively in the governmental sector throughout her career. She joined the City of El Paso in March 2004 as the City’s Comptroller. In September 2005, she was appointed as the City’s Chief Financial Officer with the consolidation of the Comptroller’s Office and Purchasing Department.

As of July 1, 2012, Ms. Arrieta-Candelaria oversees the Financial Services Portfolio which includes:
  • Financial Services
  • Purchasing
  • Office of Management and Budget
  • Consolidated Tax Office
  • Information Technology Department
  • Utility Franchise Oversight

In February 2011, Ms. Arrieta-Candelaria was appointed by the Mayor of El Paso to the El Paso Fireman and Policeman’s Pension Board. She also serves as the Treasurer for the local chapter of the Association of Governmental Accountants. She is also a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Government Finance Officers Association.

In addition to her professional achievements, she in engaged in her community and volunteers her time for various causes such as the El Paso Chapter of the YWCA and the Center Against Family Violence. Ms. Arrieta-Candelaria is married to Dennis Candelaria and has three wonderful children, Andrew, Santiago and Xóchitl.