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NMSU?s NM EDGE program celebrates graduation of 13 municipal public officials

ALBUQUERQUE ? Thirteen municipal public officials have graduated from the nationally accredited New Mexico Certified Public Manager educational program through NM EDGE, administered by New Mexico State University?s Cooperative Extension Service.

Four people (woman, man, woman, man) with two in middle holding certificates.
Two graduates of NM EDGE certified public manager program were recognized during the New Mexico Municipal League annual conference in Albuquerque in August. They are among the 13 municipal public officials who have completed a tier of the New Mexico Certified Public Manager program. Pictured are, from left, Mary DeLorenzo, NM EDGE program director; Brent Jaramillo, village of Questa councilor; Jini Turri, village of Cloudcroft administrator; and Bill Fulginiti, New Mexico Municipal League executive director. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)

Most of the NM EDGE program?s 219 graduates so far have been county officials. EDGE stands for Education Designed to Generate Excellence in the public sector.

During the New Mexico Municipal League annual conference in Albuquerque recently, two of those municipal officials, Brent Jaramillo, village of Questa councilor, and Jini Turri, village of Cloudcroft administrator/clerk-treasurer, were recognized for completing the nationally accredited New Mexico Certified Public Supervisor and New Mexico Certified Public Official designations, respectively. Jaramillo has also earned the Certified Public Official designation.

NM EDGE was created in 2010 after Municipal League Executive Director Bill Fulginiti taught a class at County College, an education program for government officials. Fulginiti commented that education and training specific to New Mexico would be valued at every level of government and suggested that an umbrella organization be created that would open up the classes across all governmental entities.

?We are excited that municipalities see the benefit of their employees attending our continuing education program,? said Mary DeLorenzo, program director of NM EDGE. ?We now have 13 municipal councilors or employees who have completed at least one designation.?

Turri and Jaramillo join Aaron Chavez of the village of Los Lunas, CPO; Dorothy Laney of the village of Reserve, CPS; and Wesley Hooper of the city of Deming, CPS.

Public servants from Los Alamos County who have earned their CPO designation are Bryan Aragon, Lucas Fresquez, Naomi Maestas, Bonnie Montoya and Sheryl Nicholas. Earning the CPS designation are Marty Martinez, Adrianna Ortiz and Joaquin Valdez. Los Alamos County has both county and municipal authority and powers.

To obtain a certification designation, the students must complete a required number of three-hour classes depending on the certification, and a portfolio demonstrating, through written and project work, the application of the competencies learned by participating in the classes.

The first tier, certified public official, requires 18 three-hour classes. The second level, certified public supervisor, requires an additional 12 three-hour classes and a six-hour culminating assessment in which the student demonstrates the application of competencies learned in the program.

?We feel this program directly assists us in our mission to take practical education to every part of our state,? Jon Boren, NMSU?s Cooperative Extension Service director, said of the NM EDGE program. ?We continue to find collaborative ways to reach out to new partners toward our mutual goal of better government through education.?

Visit nmedge.nmsu.edu for more information about NM EDGE and its programs.