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San Juan County, New Mexico

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San Juan County is one of 33 counties in New Mexico. It is part of the Farmington, New Mexico Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2010, the population was 130,004.[1] Its county seat is Aztec.

Website evaluation

The good

  • Contact information for elected and administrative officials is available.[2]
  • Meeting agendas and notices are posted, but minutes are not.[3]
  • Current bids and proposals are provided along with rules for purchasing and contracts.[4][5]
  • Tax information is posted, but there is no ability to pay online.[6]
  • Contact information is posted for the person in charge of public records.[7]
  • The website has an online public records search.[8].

The bad

  • Budget is not posted.
  • Meeting minutes are not posted.
  • No county audits, credit card receipts, or checkbook register information available online.


Budget is not available on the website. The 2011 budget is reported as $120 million with $109 million in revenue. The 2010 budget was $151 million.[9]

Some savings will come from not filling 17 open positions, budgeting fewer capital projects, and allocating fewer funds to social services.[10]

San Juan County lawmakers have been pushing for more road funding from the state Department of Transportation.[11]

The county will start charging $1 per bag of trash dumped at one of the county's 12 transfer stations. Some worry this will lead to trash dumping in open areas.[12]

San Juan County has received $2,070,333 from federal payment in lieu of tax (PILT) funds that are given to localities that harbor federal property such as parks or military bases.[13]


San Juan County has received $148,181,194 from the economic stimulus package.[14]

Type # of Awards Total Amount Reported Jobs
Contracts 87 $30,674,454 19.78
Grants 73 $117,506,740 32.1
Loans 0 $0 0
Total 160 $148,181,194 51.88

Public Employees

Elected Officials

There are five elected County Commissioners representing different districts.[15]

First Last Position
Margaret McDaniel Commissioner District II
Scott Eckstein Commissioner District III
GloJean Todacheene Commissioner District I
Tony Atkinson Commissioner District V
Jimmy Voita Chief Deputy Assessor
James Henderson Commissioner District IV
Clyde Ward Assessor
Debbie Holmes County Clerk
Tanya Shelby Deputy County Clerk
Larry Thrower Probate Judge
Ken Christesen County Sheriff
Rocky Wasson County Treasurer

Administrative Officials

There is no county manager is San Juan County. Below is a list of some of the major administrative officials.[16]

Name Position Phone Number
Clyde Ward Assessor (505) 334-6157
Debbie Holmes County Clerk (505) 334-9471
Tanya Shelby Deputy County Clerk (505) 334-4231
Larry Thrower Probate Judge (505) 334-9471
Ken Christesen County Sheriff (505) 334-6107
Rocky Wasson County Treasurer (505) 334-9421
Michelle Kennedy Deputy Treasurer (505) 334-9421
Keith Johns County Executive Officer (505) 334-4271
Kim Carpenter Deputy County Executive Officer (505) 334-4271
Linda Thompson Assistant CEO for Project Developement and Finance (505) 334-4271
Diana Baker Procurement Manager (505) 334-4551
Bowen M Belt Deputy Administrator, Juvenile Services (505) 324-5800
Marcella Brashear Chief Finance Officer (505) 334-4287
Don Cooper Emergency Manager (505) 334-1180
Michael Davidson Parks & Maintenance Director (505) 325-5415
Jim Durrett County Attorney (505) 334-4301
Douglas A. Echols Deputy County Attorney (505) 334-4301

Salaries Benefits

See also: New Mexico state government salary

Public Employees receive the following benefits in San Juan County.[17]


  • Group health plan

Vacation Time:

  • 0 thru 4 years inclusive 80 hours
  • 5 thru 9 years inclusive 120 hours
  • 10 years or more 160 hours

Education Funding:

  • A maximum of $1,500 to help fund tuition and fees for each fiscal year.


See also: New Mexico public pensions

Public employees are covered by the New Mexico Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) retirement plan.[18]


See also: New Mexico government sector lobbying

San Juan County pays for services of the lobbying firm Alcade & Fay.[19] In 2011 San Juan County spent $20,000 on lobbying.[20]

Year Amount
2011 $20,000
2010 $100,000
2009 $120,000
2008 $120,000
2007 $120,000
2006 $60,000
2005 $120,000
2004 $100,000
Total $760,000

Transparency & public records

The County Clerk is in charge of public records.[21]The website has an online public records search.


The county has a property tax and a sales tax of 6.1875%. The property tax is Residential: 6.627 mils out of an allowable 11.85 Non-Residential: 8.5 mil.[22]

County commissioners have said they won't raise taxes in 2012.[23]

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