At Tuesday’s work session, the Los Alamos County Council waived its usual rules regarding public comment to encourage a lively debate about the county clerk’s duties and compensation and whether the charter should be changed to make the clerk an appointed rather than an elected position.
The conversation was sparked by the Charter Review Committee’s (CRC) recommendations.
Council Chair Sharon Stover, who is running for county clerk in the coming election, recused herself. County Clerk Janet Foster and former County Clerk Mary Pat Kraemer provided feedback.
In the current charter, the clerk is an elected, part-time position. At present, compensation is set at $6,000 per year.
The CRC’s report reads:
“Council has historically set the salary for the position of the clerk at a token level. Consequently, clerks since the establishment of the office have viewed the position of clerk as either token or part-time.