CLERK-ELECT LYNN ELLINS ANNOUNCES MARIO JIMENEZ AS CHIEF DEPUTY

CLERK-ELECT LYNN ELLINS ANNOUNCES MARIO JIMENEZ AS CHIEF DEPUTY

Doña Ana County Clerk-Elect Lynn Ellins has announced that when he takes office on Jan. 1, 2009, he will appoint Mario Jimenez as his chief deputy clerk.

Jimenez has worked in the Bureau of Elections since September of 2004, and he served as the acting elections supervisor for the 2008 Primary and General Elections, because Ellins was a candidate for county clerk.

Ellins said he chose Jimenez because of his extensive working knowledge of the Bureau of Elections and his ability to work well with the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office and with both major political parties and their representatives.

In addition, Ellins said Jimenez has a valuable skill set related to system software, running elections, registering voters, record maintenance and the training of employees and poll workers.

“Mario has demonstrated time and again that he is dedicated to improving operations where needed,” Ellins said. “He is respected by his co-workers and by the public regarding his insistence on providing high-quality customer service.”

Ellins said that immediately following the canvass of the 2008 General Elections, he and Jimenez will conduct a thorough investigation into the reasons why some voters did not receive absentee ballots, and how many of those who requested absentee ballots actually voted.

“Once those problems are identified,” he said, “solutions regarding operating procedures will be implemented locally, and statewide recommendations will be brought to the attention of Doña Ana County’s legislative delegation.”

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.