Doña Ana County



District 1 Doña Ana County Commissioner Oscar Vásquez-Butler has been selected to participate in the 2007 County Leadership Institute at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Butler, who also serves as President of the New Mexico Association of Counties, was one of 30 county officials selected from a nationwide pool of applicants for the program, which focuses on helping elected officials address complex challenges facing counties.

Butler’s application was formally endorsed in February by the NMAC Executive Committee and forwarded to the National Association of Counties for consideration. He was notified of his acceptance last week.

The following information about the County Leadership Institute is taken from the NACo website at

The County Leadership Institute, a joint effort of NACo and New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, enhances the capacity of county officials to identify and implement solutions that engage a broad network of interests that cross boundaries that traditionally separate different sectors and jurisdictions. Up to 30 participants – elected officials of county governing boards – participate in this three and a half-day program held annually in New York City. The next County Leadership Institute will be held Wednesday-Saturday, May 30 to June 2, 2007.

The County Leadership Institute allows each fellow to:
• Gain a better understanding of his/her personal leadership style;
• Develop skills to be more effective at exercising leadership on county issues at the local, regional, state, and national levels;
• Collaborate on a specific work challenge with other participants and Institute faculty.

The County Leadership Institute follows a number of different approaches in a dynamic learning environment. Presentations by NYU faculty who are leading thinkers and practitioners are combined with site visits to meet innovative leaders in the New York metropolitan area. In peer-to-peer learning sessions, participants reflect on their own experiences.

In addition to class sessions and site visits, participants have unstructured opportunities to exchange ideas with their colleagues. At an opening reception, a dinner, and a farewell gala, participants, NYU Faculty, other public service leaders from around the New York area share experiences and discuss the challenges of public leadership.

CLI graduates receive continuing support. An online list-serve allows participants to talk and stay in touch. At NACo’s Legislative Conference, a CLI reunion provides an opportunity to exchange ideas, successes and challenges.

Prospective participants in the County Leadership Institute are nominated by state associations of counties. The program is designed uniquely for recently-elected, up-and-coming officials from their county’s governing board. NACo contacts the nominated individuals and sends them a Candidate Profile application. Only one individual per state is chosen. The final group of selected participants reflects the diversity of counties across the country.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 525-5801.