County Employees Recognized for Achievement

From left, Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover, NMSU Extension Director Jon Boren, Los Alamos County Chief Deputy Assessor Joaquin Valdez, Appraiser Marty Martinez and  are and NM EDGE Program Director Mary DeLorenzo. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos County Appraiser Marty Martinez and Chief Deputy Assessor Joaquin Valdez were among 11 public servants to receive the designation of New Mexico Certified Pubic Supervisor from NM EDGE during the New Mexico Association of Counties Legislative Conference Jan. 23 in Santa Fe. They were recognized Friday by County officials.

Valdez and Martinez are among 40 public officials in New Mexico to have earned the certified public supervisor designation. The certified public supervisor designation is the second tier of the nationally accredited New Mexico Certified Public Manager Program.

“As vice president of New Mexico Association of Counties, we wanted to recognize these two outstanding County employees for taking the initiative to improve their knowledge,” Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover said. “Although they were recognized at a ceremony with more than 800 delegates in Santa Fe, we wanted them to be recognized by their community. Our Assessor, JoAnn Johnson presented them with framed certificates and we are all very proud of Joaquin and Marty.”

Martinez and Valdez completed 30 three-hour classes and a six-hour culminating assessment where they demonstrated the application of competencies learned through participating in the certified public manager classes. Class categories include Know Your Government, Management and Leadership, Human Resources, Budgeting and Public Finances, Communication and Information Technology.

“NM EDGE classes have proved to be a valuable asset to me and my organizations by educating us in all aspects of local government,” said Martinez, who has been in county government for 15 years, seven of those as an appraiser in Los Alamos County.

Valdez, who has worked for Los Alamos County for more than 13 years, says he enjoys NM EDGE classes because they provide an environment where government employees can collaborate and share work experiences and provide ideas that can be taken back to their organization.

“By attending these classes I have broadened my knowledge of the functionality of the types of government and how to apply new skills that will not only benefit me and our office, but my organizations and our citizens as well,” Valdez said.

Valdez and Martinez join Los Alamos County Senior Deputy Clerk Adrianna Ortiz as a certified public supervisor. Other county employees who have participated in the NM EDGE program are Bryan Aragon, Lucas Fresquez, Naomi Maestas, Bonnie Montoya and Sheryl Nichols, who have earned New Mexico Certified Public Official designations. Nichols and Ortiz also have earned New Mexico Certified County Clerk designations.

The NM EDGE is an umbrella organization operated through New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service under which the County College, the New Mexico Certified Public Manager program and other continuing education certification programs are administered.