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City and state officials earn leadership certifications through NMSU program

ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico EDGE, which stands for Education Designed to Generate Excellence, presented its New Mexico Certified Public Managers designation to two municipal officials and a state agency employee during the New Mexico Municipal League annual conference in Albuquerque recently.


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Seven municipal officials and one state agency official received NM EDGE public official designations during the New Mexico Municipal League annual conference in Albuquerque. Pictured are Lawrence Esquibel, New Mexico Education Retirement Board chief information officer; Dan Zolnier, city of Albuquerque senior labor relation officer; Conrad Cordova, town of Taos information technology director; and Mary DeLorenzo, NM EDGE program director. Back row are Jean Moulton, village of Fort Sumner deputy clerk; and Erica Carlos and Mary Mackey, both city of Deming administrative secretaries. Not pictured is Gayle Jones, village of Bosque Farms clerk/administrator. (NMSU photo by Jane Moorman)

New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service administers NM EDGE.

The New Mexico Certified Public Manager designation is the final level of the nationally accredited certified public manager program. Receiving the designation were Dan Zolnier, city of Albuquerque senior labor relations officer; Lawrence Esquibel, New Mexico Education Retirement Board chief information officer; and Conrad Cordova, town of Taos information technology director.

“These are our first municipal and state officials to complete all three tiers of the certified public manager program by completing 60 three-hour classes, 18 hours of assessment and a supervised capstone project,” said Mary DeLorenzo, NM EDGE program director. “With this graduation, a total of 20 municipal employees have earned various designations and a total of nine officials have earned the nationally recognized CPM.”

Receiving New Mexico Certified Public Official designations, the first tier of the certified public manager program, were city of Deming administrative secretaries Mary Mackey and Erica Carlos.

Two municipal employees earned the New Mexico Certified Public Purchasing Professional designations – they are Gayle Jones, village of Bosque Farms clerk/administrator; and Jean Moulton, village of Fort Sumner deputy clerk.