Sharon Stover Completes Term As NMAC President

NMAC President Sharon Stover addresses the group during the President’s Luncheon. Seated on the dais from left, Sen. Peter Wirth, NMAC Executive Director Steve Kopelman, Legislative Director Deborah Cox of the National Association of Counties, NMAC Executive Committe member and and Taos County Commissioner Gabe Romero and NM Municipal League President and Cloudcroft Mayor David Venable. Courtesy photo

NMAC Executive Director Steve Kopelman thanks Sharon Stover for her service. Courtesy photo


  • Stover praised for logging more than 10,000 miles and meeting with every county commission in New Mexico during her year as NMAC president.

HOBBS – Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover concluded her successful term as president of the New Mexico Association of Counties (NMAC) at the Annual NMAC Conference held last week in Lea County.

In a letter to NMAC members, Stover credited past boards, members and staff for setting a positive and engaging direction for the organization. Stover also thanked the dedication and commitment of current members for their work to improve their home counties.  

“It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve as president this year,” Stover said. “The experience of traveling over 10,000 miles with our Executive Director, Steve Kopelman, to meet and visit with commissions in each county was invaluable. We shared the good work of NMAC and the many services offered. Most important, we heard first-hand the issues counties are facing and seeing the diversity across our state.

NMAC Executive Director Kopelman praised Stover’s tenure as president during a speech to NMAC members at the conference, and described her as, “the best president I have worked with in my life, bar none.” 

“You know she put in thousands of hours this past year for county government, asking nothing in return at all, and she was just an inspiration to me and everyone else,” Kopelman said. “I am really in awe of her. I am so appreciative of having the opportunity to work with her this past year on a job phenomenally well done.”

The NMAC Annual Conference kicked-off Monday, June 20, with the final session of this year’s NM EDGE County College program. The program provides training and development for county officials and employees. More than 50 participants earned professional certifications through the program. Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey earned two certifications: New Mexico Certified Public Official and New Mexico Certified County Commissioner.

Conference attendees also participated in discussions on economic development and NMAC’s legislative priorities for the upcoming year. The conference concluded with the President’s Luncheon Friday, June 24. At the luncheon Stover celebrated the end of her term as NMAC president and welcomed incoming president Tyler Massey, Hidalgo County Treasurer, to the position. Massey presented Stover with an engraved gavel and a Nambe bowl to recognize her service to NMAC.

The conference marked the 80th year representatives from New Mexico’s 33 counties have gathered to exchange information, share best practices and learn about resources available to them. NMAC was incorporated in 1968 to serve as a professional association for county officials and employees and promote collaboration among counties on issues of mutual concern.
NMAC President Sharon Stover with First Vice President Bryan Desloge of the National Association of Counties. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey displays his certifications earned through the NM EDGE County College program. Courtesy photo

NMAC President Sharon Stover thanks NMAC lobbyist Tasia Young for her service. Courtesy photo

NMAC Executive Director Steve Kopelman and NMAC President Sharon Stover talk at the conclusion of the NMAC Annual Conference. Courtesy photo