Courtesty photo Coni Jo Lyman is a Curry County Clerk candidate.
Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asked county clerk candidates to answer the following questions in 300 words or less. The answers were edited for spelling and style. The primary is June 3.
Coni Jo Lyman
Occupation: Local government
Previous elected office: County clerk, 199l-2001
What is the most important job of the county clerk?
I am not sure any one job is more important than another. We deal with real life issues that are extremely important to each of our customers like real estate recordings, informal probate filings and marriage licenses.
As secretary to the county commission we have another important job: To keep public records of their actions for generations to come. However, elections probably get more public attention than anything else. But I consider customer service as our most important job. Assisting the needs of every person that walks through the door, or answering calls in the most efficient, courteous, and helpful way possible is the most important job to me. With each different person comes the challenge of answering their question and that sometimes takes all of our resources.
What background or experiences qualify you for this position?
My formal education began at Melrose High School and continued at Clovis Community College with a certificate in business. I have also been blessed with 23 years of proven, hands-on experience in the Curry County Clerk’s office. I have had the pleasure of working extensively with the New Mexico Legislature on numerous pieces of election and recording legislation and acted as a strong voice on those issues. I served the New Mexico secretary of state on the Automated Voter Registration System committee and numerous election task force committees. I served on the New Mexico Association of Counties Board of Directors. I have been an officer of the New Mexico County Clerk’s Affiliate for 12 years and I am currently serving as its secretary. I nurtured a strong working relationship with each of the other 32 clerk’s offices and developed a strong working relationship with the other elected county offices. I served on numerous county committees that review policy, salary, procedures, technology, licenses, and laws affecting counties. I served on the New Mexico Commission for the Status of Women. More recently, I received a certified public officials certificate from New Mexico State University. In addition, I have numerous hours of continuing education from University of New Mexico.
What is working at the clerk’s office?
I feel the clerk’s office has a dedicated staff and the technology to serve the interests, needs and laws of our residents in the most professional manner possible. Our recordings take a minimal amount of time, public record access is as easy as the click of a mouse, and the obsessive-compulsive nature of our efforts has lead to good elections. I feel like the clerk’s office is working for Curry County and the needs of its customers.
What is not working at the clerk’s office?
Perhaps I am too involved to know what is not working. I would really like to hear from the public what they have experienced that is not working for them at the clerk’s office, so that we could look at the issue and try to find a solution.