New Mexico counties began meeting on an annual basis in 1936 to address their concerns and collaborate on initiatives. In 1968
NMAC supports and promotes the idea that all county elected officials must have the opportunity to act together to solve problems and work for the progress of county government in New Mexico.
NMAC supports 21 affiliates, which are organizations within NMAC that represent areas of expertise in county government and are comprised of both elected and non-elected officials. Affiliate chairs comprise our Advisory Council and meet one month prior to our Legislative Conference in January and Annual Conference in June. At each conference and during other times of the years, affiliates hold meetings to discuss issues of their affiliate, to receive educational courses and to develop legislative resolutions to present to the NMAC Board of Directors.
Types of Affiliates
NMAC affiliates are divided into the following groups for classification and many may fit ion more than one classification.
Elected Officials Affiliates:Depending on county size and elected offices, all elected officials are entitled to an affiliate for their office including Assessors, Clerks, Commissioners, Probate Judges, Sheriffs and Treasurers.
County Administrative Officers Affiliates: These affiliates include county managers and administrative officers of a county including, but not limited to, human resource directors, finance directors, and risk managers.
Associate Affiliates: These affiliates encompass departments within county governments that deliver specific services. Examples are public works, land use, E-911 and detention administrators.
Training Affiliates: These affiliates form for the purpose of providing continuing education and certification to county employees in specific areas of interest and expertise including, but not limited to, health care, geographic information systems, and information technology.