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Socorro County commissioner graduates from NMSU Extension's NM EDGE program

SANTA FE, N.M. - Socorro County Commissioner Pauline Jaramillo is one of nine county commissioners in the state of New Mexico to have earned the New Mexico Certified County Commissioner designation from NM EDGE's County College. Additionally, Commissioner Jaramillo earned her New Mexico Certified Public Official designation at the same time.

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Socorro County Commissioner Pauline Jaramillo received the designation of New Mexico Certified County Commissioner from NM EDGE during a graduation ceremony at the Legislative Conference of the New Mexico Association of Counties in Santa Fe on Jan. 23. Jaramillo, right, is pictured with Mary DeLorenzo, left, NM EDGE program director; and Jon Boren, New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service director. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)

Jaramillo received the certificates of completion Jan. 23 in Santa Fe during the Legislative Conference of the New Mexico Association of Counties. She was among 43 public servants to participate in the graduation ceremony.

The NM EDGE, which stands for Education Designed to Generate Excellence in the public sector, is an umbrella organization operated through New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service under which the County College, the New Mexico Certified Public Manager program and other continuing education certification programs are administered.

To obtain the certified county commissioner designation, Jaramillo completed 24 three-hour classes from a requirement list and a mini-portfolio demonstrating, through written and project work, her application of the competencies learned by participating in the classes.

She had to complete nine classes from the core competencies, as well as a class from the government, ethics, leadership, and information technology class categories. She also had to complete four classes from courses specifically designed for commissioners, including county services, open meetings and public records, sources and uses of public finance, and community economic development.

"I enjoyed the NM EDGE courses and found the program to be beneficial in all aspects of learning the different procedures in government," Jaramillo said. "I have also benefited from the opportunity to network with other public officials throughout the state. My vision as a county commissioner is to implement individual ethics and personal responsibilities in the role of being a public official to the constituents of my county."

Jaramillo also completed the first tier of the nationally accredited New Mexico Certified Public Management program. She earned the designation of certified public official by completing 18 three-hour classes and a mini-essay demonstrating the application of the competencies learned through participating in the classes.

For more information about NM EDGE, visit edge.nmsu.edu.