The Taos County Commission unanimously voted to send a bill to former commissioner Nicklos Jaramillo for jail employee training classes he attended before he left office.

At a meeting Tuesday (March 19), county manager Stephen Archuleta said the county recently received a $765 bill for jail classes attended by Jaramillo in September 2012, three months before he was set to leave office. The New Mexico Association of Counties offers a scholarship to pay for jail employees to attended the training, but email correspondence states that as a county commissioner, Jaramillo's class costs would not be covered by the association.

Archuleta said Tuesday that Jaramillo violated that county's procurement code by not getting payment authorization for the training before attending. As such, Archuleta recommended that the county send the $765 bill directly to Jaramillo.

All five members of the commission voted to pass the bill on to Jaramillo.

The Taos News reported in October 2012 that Jaramillo attended the classes and collected $550 in county funds for per diem travel expenses. Those expenses were not discussed Tuesday.

For more on this story, see the March 21 edition of The Taos News.

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