Writer: Jane Moorman, (505) 249-0527, firstname.lastname@example.org
SANTA FE - Lea County Clerk Pat Chappelle and Jann Gartman, warden for Lea County detention, received their Certified Public Official designation during the closing luncheon of the New Mexico Association of Counties' Midwinter Legislative Conference on Jan. 29, at the El Dorado Hotel in Santa Fe.
They earned the certification by attending at least 18 three-hour courses in a variety of core and affiliate-specific areas related to public service skills through the County College program, a partnership of the New Mexico Association of Counties, New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service and NMSU's Department of Government.
Better government through education is the purpose of County College. The program provides certification programs through the guidelines of the National Certified Public Manager Consortium and works with the affiliates of the New Mexico Association of Counties (NMAC) to develop affiliated-specific curriculum.
County College began as a dream of the late Sam Montoya, the executive director of NMAC. In 2002, Montoya asked NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service to develop an educational program for New Mexico's county officials and employees. Courses based on the certified public official model used in other states began being offered in late 2004.
In 2008, the NMSU Department of Government became a regular partner in County College and introduced the nationally accredited certified public manager program. Curriculum committees were established to develop core programs and some affiliated-specific educational programs. Awarding of NMSU continuing education units for County College courses was also started in 2008.
County officials may participate in programs of certified public official, certified public supervisor and certified public manager. Courses are provided in seven categories - knowing your government, management and leadership, human resources, budgeting and public finance, communications and information technology.
For more information about County College visit http://cahe.nmsu.edu/ces/countycollege/ or contact the NMAC at (505) 983-2101.
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