News Brief May 09, 2024

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Remember Mom on Sunday, May 12, 2024

The official Mother's Day began in the US in 1908. Anna Jarvis wanted the day to be a celebration of how much mothers sacrificed for their children. She put her efforts into creating the Mother's Day tradition, after her mother's death in 1905. Anna used the carnation flower to show whether one's mother was still living: red showed she was, white meant she had passed. President Woodrow Wilson signed Mother's Day into law in 1914 to streamline the day of observance to the second Sunday in May.

NMC Board of Directors Meeting

Every May, the Board meets to approve the NMC budget for the next fiscal year among other things.

Actions Taken:

  • Approved NMC audit for FY 2023 with an unmodified opinion and no findings
  • Approved NMC Budget FY 2024-2025
  • Elected Valencia County Commissioner Gerard Saiz as NACo representative fulfilling the vacant term ending June 2025
  • Approved the proposed distribution of the BLM Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program
  • Approved to do away with the affiliate $5 reimbursement process and amend the Meetings & Events Policy

NMC Affiliate Agendas Are Ready!

Whether you are an attorney, an elected official, or a risk management employee, there is an agenda for you. Download all the affiliate agendas HERE on the NMC registration page.

Affiliate meetings are Wed. June 19, 8:30am-11:30am and 2pm-5pm and Thu, June 20, 9am-11am at the NMHU campus.

Overview of Drug & Alcohol Testing in the Public Sector

Date: Friday, May 17, 2023

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Place: On-line

Instructor: Mark Allen, Loss Prevention Attorney

Certificates will be provided.

Target Audience: Supervisors, Managers, and HR professionals. 

Register Here
Apply Grant County Website

Wanted: Grant County Finance Director Closes May 31, 2024

FLSA: At-Will/Exempt

Salary Range 10: $70,075-$98,092

Reports to: County Manager or designee

Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, or related; +3-5 years of progressively responsible professional/administrative experience in local government finance. Current CPA preferred Or equivalent. Benefits included.

Questions? Call 575.574.0050.

Western Interstate Region (WIR) Conference New Mexico Counties well represented discussing public land management, rural transportation and broadband access, forest health, drought, and wildfire for the West.

The next two High Performance Leadership Cohorts start in August and September.

Click Here to Learn More and Enroll

NACo Leadership Graduates

We would like to acknowledge and congratulate the January NACo Leadership Academy graduates from New Mexico. They join over 10,000 graduates and current participants from across the country benefitting from the 12-week online program enabling existing and emerging county leaders to achieve their highest potential.

  • Bianca Thompson, Behavioral Health Services Supervisor, San Juan County
  • Sandrea Stout-Brio, Community Engagement Manager, Lea County
  • Tessa Jo Mascarenas, Chief Deputy Clerk, Los Alamos County

2024 Farm Bill Proposals

The House and Senate Agriculture Committees released proposals for the 2024 Farm Bill, including important provisions for counties.

  • Key priorities for counties: The proposals include vital support for SNAP, rural development programs, public land management authorities, and investments in programs for new and beginning farmers and ranchers.
  • Next steps: NACo urges Congress to continue moving the Farm Bill swiftly through the legislative process. Check out NACo’s Farm Bill primer for more.
  • The current Farm Bill expires September 30.

Second Chance Reauthorization Act

The House introduced the Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2024 with bipartisan backing.

  • Extending funding: The legislation aims to extend funding for Second Chance Act programs over five years.
  • Supporting county priorities: These programs support counties by improving reentry services, reducing recidivism, and strengthening public safety.
  • Learn more: See NACo’s Second Chance Act advocacy

Link to NMC 2024 Annual Meetings Calendar

Link to Loss Prevention Trainings Calendar & RSVP

Mon May 13-16 NMC LP OSHA 30-hour general industry outreach training Albuquerque

Fri May 17 Overview of Drug & Alcohol Testing in the Public Sector 10am-Noon Online

Wed May 22 NMCIA Board of Directors meeting 8:30am NMC Santa Fe office

June NM EDGE Classes (Live online) 6/4, 6/5, 6/11, 6/12, 6/13, 6/25, 6/26, 6/27

Thu Jun 6 NACo Webinar: Doing More with Less: Sustaining the County Government Workforce with Artificial Intelligence 11am-Noon MDT Register

Tue Jun 11 NMCRe Captive Board meeting 1pm virtual

Mon Jun 17-20 NMC 87th Annual Conference San Miguel County, Las Vegas

Mon Jun 17-18 NM EDGE Classes San Miguel County NMHU

Tue Jun 18 NMC Board of Directors meeting 4pm San Miguel County NMHU Student Center

Thu Jun 20 NMC Board of Directors election of officers 10am-11am San Miguel County NMHU Student Center

Tue July 9 Legislative Initiatives Review w/Legislative Committee 10am NMC Santa Fe Office, affiliate chairs present legislative initiatives

Fri July 12-16 NACo Annual Conference Hillsborough County, Tampa, FL

Thu Aug 1-2 NMC Board of Directors Legislative meeting 2pm & Board meeting 8:30am Curry County

Tue Aug 13-16 NMML Annual Conference Curry County, Clovis

Wed Aug 14 NMCIA Board of Directors meeting 8:30am Roosevelt County

Sept NM EDGE classes (Live online) 9/5, 9/10, 9/11, 9/12, 9/17, 9/18, 9/19, 9/24, 9/25, 9/26

Thu Sept 12 Gathering of Counties, NM State Fair, Albuquerque, Presentation of County Queens

Tue Sept 17 NMCRe Captive Board meeting 1pm virtual

Fri Oct 4 NMC Board of Directors meeting 8:30am Los Alamos County

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