FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 20, 2016
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Long Beach, Calif. – Sandoval County, N.M. Treasurer Laura Montoya has been appointed chair of the Finance, Pensions and Intergovernmental Affairs Steering Committee (FPIGA) of the National Association of Counties for a one-year term. Montoya’s appointment was made by new NACo President Bryan Desloge, commissioner, Leon County, Fla., on the final day of NACo’s Annual Conference in Los Angeles County. Montoya has served on the committee since 2013. Montoya is the only elected official from New Mexico to be appointed to a chair or vice chair position of any of ten policy steering committees.
FPIGA analyzes and advocates for counties on all matters pertaining to the financial resources of counties, fiscal management, federal assistance, municipal borrowing, county revenues, federal budget, federal tax reform, elections and Native American issues. “I believe it is imperative to have New Mexico concerns discussed at a federal round table in order to develop policy that is reflective of New Mexico needs,” said Montoya. “Representing New Mexico at the national level is a noteworthy responsibility and honor.”
Montoya, active in NACo since 2013, was also elected as Chairwoman of the association’s Next Generation Network which works to develop a new generation of leaders. There are over 250 members. The NACo NextGen Network is a member-driven forum that identifies and serves the unique educational and professional development needs of young county officials. NextGen also draws on the energy, ideas, talent and expertise of young officials to inform NACo’s strategic plan and programs and services for the future.
The Next Generation NACo Network assists with one community service project per year in the county in which the annual conference is held. This year, NextGen partnered with the Saving Innocence organization to provide over 150 backpacks to victims of human trafficking. “NextGen is a network that is developing strongly within the NACo spectrum to provide education, services and workshops that affect county leaders. Montoya added, “I am eager to work with this energetic group of elected officials in developing efficient and transparent policies that better assist our counties.”
Additionally, Montoya is a member of the National Association of County Collectors, Treasurer’s and Finance Officers (NACCTFO) and was recently appointed to the Programs and Services Standing Committee as well as the Rural Action Caucus (RAC).