GILBERT APODACA NAMED TO ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES’ EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

GILBERT APODACA NAMED TO ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES’ EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Doña Ana County Commission Chairman Gilbert T. Apodaca has been named to the Executive Committee of the New Mexico Association of Counties. He will represent the counties of Doña Ana, Hidalgo, Luna, Sierra and Grant.

Kelly Orrick, executive director of the association of counties, said Apodaca will serve alongside the organization’s president, vice president, president-elect and past president, along with committee members representing five other multi-county districts.

“I am pleased,” Apodaca said, “to have been accorded this high honor by the representatives of the other counties who have chosen me to represent them. I feel confident that I can work effectively with the other executive committee members to formulate policy, legislation initiatives and strategies that will benefit all of southern New Mexico, as well as the association as a whole.”

Serving until June of 2000, Apodaca will take part in regular meetings of the executive committee in locations all over the state. During the legislative session, Orrick said, the committee will meet at least weekly – and often more frequently – to provide policy directives to the staff as the association lobbies for legislation that will benefit county governments. The committee members also will report regularly to the counties they represent to make local officials aware of the association’s progress, financial status, etc., Orrick added.

“Having Chairman Apodaca on the executive committee is wonderful for Doña Ana County and wonderful for us,” Orrick said. “He brings a wealth of knowledge to the table, along with experience and institutional knowledge that will be invaluable both to us and to the counties he will represent. And because Doña Ana County will be the largest county represented on the executive committee, other large counties will be able to look to him for leadership on issues that affect bigger populations. We’re just really excited and pleased to have him on board.”

The New Mexico Association of Counties comprises all 33 counties in New Mexico.