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This past week our newest county councilor Rick Reiss and councilors-elect Kristin Henderson, Pete Sheehey and Steve Girrens attended a County Governance Boot Camp in Albuquerque.
Though no physical training, close order drills or snap inspections were involved, we were indoctrinated to several aspects of county commissioner service including roles and responsibilities, ethics and professionalism, employment law, finance policy, jail management and liability, statutory government structure and legislative process.
We also heard from veteran commissioners conveying lessons learned and their insights relative to current issues statewide.
The Boot Camp was hosted by the New Mexico Association of Counties of which Los Alamos County is a member. More than 100 elected officials and county managers were in attendance. We were particularly impressed by a few counties who had all standing and new commissioners as well as their county manager attending as a team. The presentations and experiences delivered were informative, eye-opening and in some cases a little sobering.
Regardless, we have confidence we will remain enthusiastic to join our three veteran councilors and serve. Our county administrator encouraged we attend Boot Camp. Thank you Harry!