On Thursday, the Los Alamos County Council wrapped up loose ends during a special session on the two remaining charter articles reviewed by the Charter Review Committee (CRC).
Council took another look at the county clerk’s position, to decide whether they should put a ballot measure before the voters to change the clerk to a full-time, appointed position as it is in all New Mexico municipalities, or ask the legislature to raise the salary cap from that of a part time position to full-time compensation.
The CRC had recommended keeping the clerk an elected position, as it is in the current charter, but also recognized that the clerk’s duties have grown in recent years, largely due to changes in state law, and that this should be compensated as a fulltime position. Due to Los Alamos’ status a Class H, incorporated county, the clerk also fills dual roles as both county and municipal clerk.
The CRCs recommendation was complicated by the fact that the most recent state statute governing salaries for public officials caps the clerk’s salary at $6,889.