QCS Senior Writer
Quay County government received the Audit Accountability Award for the second time during the New Mexico Association of Counties Conference held on Jan. 20-21 at Santa Fe.
Recognition for this award belongs to County Manager Richard Primrose and Finance Director Cheryl Simpson, said Franklin McCasland, county commission chair.
During Monday’s commission meeting, McCasland applauded the dedication and leadership of Primrose, Simpson and the county team of elected officials and department heads who worked throughout the year together to achieve the award. State Auditor Tim Keller presented the award that was accepted by McCasland and District 2 Commissioner Mike Cherry on behalf of the county during the awards ceremony.
McCasland said this award exemplifies the outstanding financial accountability and transparency that Quay County government displays to the public.
McCasland also recognized Chief Deputy Assessor Janie Hoffman and Chief Deputy Clerk Ellen White for their recent completion and achievements through the New Mexico State University’s New Mexico Edge County College Program.
Hoffman received her second designation as a Certified Public Official, and has already obtained her Certified Assessor certification. White also graduated with the completion of both the Certified Public Official designation and Certified County Clerk.
White was also serves on the Accreditation Team for the NMSU NM Edge County College Program. She was an instructor at this year’s program held Jan. 18-20 in Santa Fe. White developed the curriculum and instructed the CL 100 class for Roles and Responsibilities of County Clerks.
White said the class outlined the duties and responsibilities of a County Clerk. She said this included recording and filing various types of licenses, statutory obligations to the Board of County Commissioners and Probate Court and election duties.
“The class was well received and those enrolled in the class appreciated that it was being taught by a former county clerk,” White said.
White said she was able to relate to the 14 people enrolled in the class, having worked as a county clerk and dealt with day-to-day struggles a clerk may encounter.
The course White taught is one of 28 classes required to become a certified county clerk. White said county clerks are not required to earn their certification but it highly recommended that they do so.
One of the students who completed White’s class and earned her county clerk certification is current Quay County Clerk Veronica Marez, who said she is excited to earn her certification and intends to complete her work toward obtaining designation as a Certified Public Official.