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NM EDGE graduates 13th class during county association?s legislative conference

SANTA FE ? A graduating class of 40 public servants received certification in their fields recently through an education program administered by New Mexico State University?s Cooperative Extension Service.


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Forty public servants received certification in their field from the NM EDGE education program administered by New Mexico State University?s Cooperative Education Service. Since 2008, the program has certified 314 public officials in one or more designations. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)

The nationally accredited New Mexico Certified Public Manager program administered by NM EDGE, which stands for Education Designed to Generate Excellence in the public sector, graduated its 13th class of public servants at a recent ceremony during the Legislative Conference of the New Mexico Association of Counties held in Santa Fe. Since 2008, the program has certified 314 public officials with one or more designations.

?We are proud to continue to bring new designation curriculum into our program,? said Jon Boren, NMSU assistant dean and director of the extension service. ?We strive to provide meaningful training to help our public servants to have better government through education.?

Two new designations were awarded this year ? New Mexico Certified Information Technology Professional and the New Mexico Certified Professional Risk Manager.

?Our founding strategic partner, New Mexico Association of Counties, as part of their exemplary loss-prevention effort, has helped us develop and deliver the risk management curriculum,? said Mary DeLorenzo, NM EDGE program director. ?We are excited to have several graduates this year.?

Receiving the professional risk manager designation were Mark Jasso of Luna County, Roberta Hanneman of Otero County, Kiki Arellano of San Miguel County and Nick Sedillo of Torrance County.

?We owe Laura Gonzales of Los Alamos County a debt of gratitude for bring the nationally recognized certified information technology profession curriculum forward and helping us develop and deliver it,? said DeLorenzo of the process for this new designation. ?Laura had obtained the national certification and wanted to share it with other IT professionals.?

Earning the information technology professional designation were Sharon Lathrop of Lea County, Michael Adams of Los Alamos County and Julian Barraza of Union County.

To obtain a certification designation, the students must complete a number of classes, along with a portfolio demonstrating their application of the competencies learned in the classes. For more information about the designations, visit nmedge.nmsu.edu.

Jon Boren, associate dean and director of New Mexico Cooperative Extension Service, and Steve Kopelman, New Mexico Association of Counties executive director, presented each graduate with their certificate and a commemorative lapel pin as the graduates names were read by DeLorenzo,

Receiving designations were:

? Cibola County: Michelle Dominguez, Cibola County, chief deputy clerk, certified public official.
? Colfax County: Rick Aguilar, county appraiser, certified public official.
? Dona Ana County: Consuelo Guerrero, court compliance division manager, certified public supervisor.
? Eddy County: Rick Rudometkin, county manager, certified public official.
? Harding County: C.J. Garrison, chief deputy clerk, certified public official and certified county clerk
? Lea County: Tryon Hassen, Lea County custodian of records, certified public official; Shannon Lathrop, CIS analyst technician and certified information technology professional.
? Lincoln County: Dallas Draper, county commissioner, certified public official and certified county commissioner
? Los Alamos County: Michael Adams, senior application analyst, certified information technology professional.
? Luna County: Albert Campos, county commissioner, certified public official; Matthew Elwell, detention director, certified public official; and Mark Jasso, emergency service director, certified professional risk manager.
? Otero County: Debra Alton, human resource director, certified public official; Steve Boyle, county assessor, certified public assessment officer; and Roberta Hanneman, safety officer, certified professional risk manager.
? Quay County: Janie Hoffman, chief deputy assessor, certified public official; and Ellen White, chief deputy clerk, certified public official, certified county clerk.
? Rio Arriba County: Jose A Candelaria, county treasurer, certified public official and certified treasury official; Sarah Garcia, chief deputy treasurer, certified public official, certified treasury official; Jeremy G. Maestas, election clerk, certified public official; and Rosalie Vigil, document specialist, certified public official.
? San Miguel County: Kiki Arellano, human resource supervisor, certified advocate for public ethics and certified professional risk manager.
? Sandoval County: Donna Lucero, tax researcher supervisor, certified public official
? Santa Fe County: Claudia Borchert, utilities division director, certified public official; Mark Garland, GIS analyst, certified GIS specialist; Marianne Martinez, senior mobile home specialist, certified treasury official; Matthew Royball, GIS technician, certified public official; and Julian Juan Serna, GIS technician, certified public official.
? Socorro County: Martha Salas, county commissioner, certified county commissioner.
? Taos County: Orlando Marquez, appraiser III, certified public official.
? Torrance County: Nick Sedillo, chief appraiser/risk manager, certified professional risk manager.
? Union County: Lou Harkins, county clerk, certified county clerk; and Carlota Ulibarri, chief deputy county clerk, certified county clerk.
? Valencia County: Julian Barraza, IT administrator, certified information technology professional; Steve Gonzales, fire chief, certified public supervisor; Gabriel Luna, chief deputy assessor, certified public official; Nicholas Moya, EMS division chief, certified public supervisor; and Michelle Romero, purchasing agent, certified public official.