Los Alamos County Clerk will now be a full-time position, following a decision by the county council this week.
After years of discussion following a Charter Review Committee recommendation that the position be changed from part-time, the county council approved the change by a 6−0 vote on Tuesday.
Vice Chair Susan O’Leary abstained. O’Leary signaled her intention to do so at an earlier meeting on the grounds that she may someday want to run for that office.
During the CRC process in 2014, several former county clerks advocated for making the position full time. They received support from Sen. Daniel A. Ivey-Soto, (D-Dist. 15), who had served as executive director for the county clerks of the State of New Mexico for several years.
Ivey-Soto pointed out that since Los Alamos is a Class H county. The clerk must not only fulfill county clerk duties such as overseeing elections, he or she must also function as the municipal clerk, whose duties include overseeing school elections, issuing marriage licenses and maintaining records of property ownership.
Advocates also argued that the clerk’s duties have grown more complex in recent years due to new mandates required by state statute.
County Clerk Sharon Stover, whose term ends in December, asked council to approve the change.