Instead of opening the job to applicants, the commission appointed Jaramillo to the position.
Brent Jaramillo, the deputy county manager, will be taking on the top administrative job at Taos County beginning in March.
The decision was made Tuesday (Feb. 5) during the regular Taos County Board of Commissioners meeting. All commissioners voted for his promotion, except for Gabriel Romero, who was absent.
"What I hope to bring to the office of county manager is a deep belief in public service and sense of good governance," said Jaramillo. "For me, good governance is a system of providing a fair and impartial county government who is responsive to the tax payers. I will work hard for the citizens of Taos County. I look forward to working along side with our county employees, county commission, assessor, sheriff, treasurer and probate judge."
The current manager, Leandro Cordova, announced his resignation at the end of January. He had served in that job since 2015. The commission agreed to let Cordova advance his resignation from March 22 to March 1. Cordova accepted an administrative position for New Mexico Association of Counties.
Instead of opening the job to applicants, the commission appointed Jaramillo to the position. The move smooths the leadership transition that's happening during a 60-day legislative session, an all-important time for local governments to lobby for money and build relationships with the new state administrators under Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
In 2015, Jaramillo applied for the manager position along with Cordova. Though he was not the finalist, he's worked closely with the county manager throughout the past three years, namely on capital projects and facilities.
Jaramillo has worked at Taos County since 2011 as both the director of human resources and deputy county manager.
Jaramillo is also a Questa village councilor and worked for the village, including as its administrator, from 2002 to 2011.
He received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of New Mexico in 1995.
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