DOÑA ANA COUNTY’S GILBERT T. APODACA TAKES REINS AS NMAC PRESIDENT

DOÑA ANA COUNTY’S GILBERT T. APODACA TAKES REINS AS NMAC PRESIDENT

District 5 Doña Ana County Commissioner Gilbert T. Apodaca was inaugurated as president of the New Mexico Association of Counties on June 23, 2002.

In his inaugural speech at the NMAC 2002 convention, Apodaca said he would push Congress to provide better Payment in Lieu of Taxes funding, upon which rural Western counties depend.

Apodaca said he also will lobby the state legislature to fund county-facilitated housing, transportation and extradition of state prisoners, as well as to foot the bill for state facilities, such as district attorneys’ offices and district courts for which counties are now responsible.

Commission Chairman D. Kent Evans was selected to represent New Mexico as a National Association of Counties board member, as was Bernalillo County Commissioner Tom Rutherford. Evans also was elected vice chair of the County Commissioners’ Affiliate.

Members of the NMAC met this month to discuss issues related to their elected or appointed offices, such as the assessors’ and county managers’ affiliates.

Apodaca said the 66th Annual Conference was a great success and enjoyed excellent participation from each of the state’s 33 counties.

Other officers inaugurated by the NMAC include: Rebecca Bustamante of Santa Fe as president-elect; Leroy Garcia of San Miguel County as vice-president; and Barbara Castillo of Colfax County as immediate past president.

For more information, call NMAC Executive Director Sam Montoya at (800) 333-6438.