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NMSU's NM EDGE, NMAC jointly offer training to newly elected, veteran county officials

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - More than 60 newly elected and current county clerks and treasurers from around the state participated in the Better Informed Public Official Conference held March 26-28 in Albuquerque.


The training, which included classes that addressed ethics, governance and media relations, was offered by the New Mexico Association of Counties and the NM EDGE, which stands for Education Designed to Generate Excellence in the public sector.

"I am excited that so many newly elected and veteran officials attended the Better Informed Public Officials Conference training," said Paul Gutierrez, NMAC executive director. "By attending the training, it shows that these newly elected officials are committed to excellence and integrity, and continue to earn the public trust."

"During the conference, we successfully offered 10 trainings to a large number of elected, appointed and professional county officials from throughout New Mexico," said Mary DeLorenzo, NM EDGE program director. "Not only do these trainings provide stand-alone learning opportunities, but also count toward a number of certified programs, including certifications specific to county clerks and county treasurers."

The NM EDGE is an umbrella organization charged with the mission of "Better Government through Education." NM EDGE, which administers the County College, the New Mexico Certified Public Manager Program and the NM Certified Advocate in Public Ethics (CAPE) Program, is a program of New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.

"These trainings are an essential part of the Extension mission of NMSU," said Jon Boren, director of NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service. "By providing these vital classes, we are doing our job to ensure that county officials from across the state are provided with resources and tools to better serve their constituency."

The New Mexico Association of Counties is a non-profit, non-partisan association representing and servicing New Mexico's 33 counties. NMAC supports and promotes the idea that all county elected officials and professional county employees should have the opportunity to act together to solve problems and to work for the progress of county government in New Mexico.

As collaborative and strategic partners, NMAC and NM EDGE share in their undertaking of improving the lives of New Mexicans by helping to enhance and support county governance.

For more information and updates on NMAC, visit www.nmcounties.org.

For more information and updates on NM EDGE, visit www.nmedge.nmsu.edu.