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Taos County Employment Opportunity: Transfer Station Attendant II

Internal/External

 

JOB TITLE: Transfer Station Attendant II

ENTRY LEVEL: $11.17 per hour 

CLASSIFICATION: Casual

DEFINITION: Performs a variety of routine semi-technical duties as needed to assure the proper and orderly disposal of solid waste by the general public at a large county transfer station .  Observes disposal and unloading operations to prevent violation of landfill operating procedures and dumping of hazardous materials as defined by federal, state, and county regulations.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

 

1. Education and Experience:

A. Sufficient education and training to demonstrate an aptitude or ability to perform above and related duties;

AND

B. Two (2) year of experience performing above or related duties;

OR

C. An equivalent combination of education and experience;

 

 

 

2. Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Working knowledge of hazards and safety standards common to solid waste operations;  hazardous waste regulations and guidelines;  basic interpersonal communication skills.

Ability to operate various kinds of light to heavy duty equipment; ability to perform strenuous labor for extended periods of time under varying conditions; ability to read and follow instructions; ability to establish effective working relationships with employees, supervisors and the general public.

 

3.Special Qualifications:

Must be able to comply with applicable County policies and safety standards.

Must complete 40 hour hazardous waste course.

May be required to  become certified in waste screening and related landfill courses as required.

 

TAOS COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, NATIONAL ORIGIN, RELIGION, AGE, SEX, ANCESTRY, PHYSICAL OR MENTAL DISABILITY, SERIOUS MEDICAL CONDITION, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, SPOUSAL AFFILIATION OR GENDER IDENTITY.

The last day to apply for this position is Monday, August 25, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

This job announcement gives only a brief description of the position.  A complete job description can be obtained at the Taos County Administration Office, 105 Albright Street, Suite J, Taos, NM 87571 or by calling (575) 737-6312. 


Taos County Job Description

Job Title: Transfer Station Attendant II
Job Code: 1910
Division: Operations
Effective Date: 11/30/10
Department: Solid Waste
Last Revised: 10/09
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Paygrade: 7

 

GENERAL PURPOSE

Performs a variety of routine semi-technical duties as needed to assure the proper and orderly disposal of solid waste by the general public at a large county transfer station .  Observes disposal and unloading operations to prevent violation of landfill operating procedures and dumping of hazardous materials as defined by federal, state, and county regulations.

 

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under the general supervision of the Solid Waste Manager.

 

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

Provides close supervision to individuals assigned to perform community service.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Oversees and monitors day-to-day transfer station activities; performs general opening and closing duties, opens combination lock and gate allowing public access;  provides instruction to general public; assures compliance with established practices and procedures; verifies county residency and dumping authorization, views proof of county solid waste account; punches account cards; directs dumping activities; maintains records of dumping activity and volume, documents customer account, origins, amounts, waste description, etc; periodically checks bin content to verify proper dumping practices; prevents dumping of burning material; prevents illegal dumping.

Assists the general public by identifying proper unloading sites; assures orderly entry and exit of vehicles and equipment; monitors patron activities to assure safety.

Monitors public activities to prevent removal of solid waste materials; initiates corrective action against suspected scavenging activities.

Observes waste to identify hazardous waste or other materials excluded from deposit in public landfill;  directs public to remove prohibited items such as paint, oil, batteries, tires, insecticide, etc.

Monitors dumping of various appliances and "white goods" and metals; removes appliances and stores in designated locations for removal or recycling; monitors the disposal of other recyclable items, i.e., cardboard, “green waste”, trees, wood, tires, etc.; designates items that can be processed by “chipping” to create a community mulching resource.

Deals with public complaints; apprises public of site requirements and fees; resolves issues face-to-face or seeks supervisory assistance. 

Performs general site maintenance and clean-up, gathers wind and bird scattered debris; performs various seasonal duties, i.e., weed control and snow removal; apprises main office of need for “rolloffs”; assists Haulers to hook-up and unhook rolloffs; assists to cover/tarp rolloffs to prevent litter in route to landfill.

May operate compactor to compress and compact deposited trash; ensures and monitors safety regulations during operation as required; may operate backhoe to compact trash accumulations in bins to maximize volume and increase operation efficiency; may perform routine maintenance on equipment, i.e., oil checks, tire checks, etc.

Attends various training programs as needed to learn and certify in waste screening, safety and related courses.

Performs other duties as required.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

1. Education and Experience:

A. Sufficient education and training to demonstrate an aptitude or ability to perform above and related duties;

AND

B. Two (2) year of experience performing above or related duties;

OR

C. An equivalent combination of education and experience;

 

2. Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Working knowledge of hazards and safety standards common to solid waste operations;  hazardous waste regulations and guidelines;  basic interpersonal communication skills.

Ability to operate various kinds of light to heavy duty equipment; ability to perform strenuous labor for extended periods of time under varying conditions; ability to read and follow instructions; ability to establish effective working relationships with employees, supervisors and the general public.

 

3. Special Qualifications:

Must be able to comply with applicable County policies and safety standards.

Must complete 40 hour hazardous waste course.

May be required to  become certified in waste screening and related landfill courses as required.

 

4. Work Environment:

Tasks require variety of physical activities, generally involving muscular strain, such as walking, standing, stooping, sitting, reaching and lifting (up to 50 pounds). Talking, hearing and seeing essential to performance of daily job tasks. .  Common eye, hand, finger, leg and foot dexterity exist.  Overall work environment may be objectionable as impacted by outdoor waste odors, dust, wind and isolation;  physical conditions of work place expose incumbents to seasonal weather extremes.  Periodic exposure to hazardous waste and airborne pathogens. Mental application utilizes memory for details, verbal instructions, emotional stability, discriminating thinking.  

 

Disclaimer:  The above statements describe the general nature, level, and type of work performed by the incumbent(s) assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, demands, and skills required of personnel so classified.  Job descriptions are not intended to and do not imply or create any employment, compensation, or contract rights to any person or persons.  Management reserves the right to add, delete, or modify any and/or all provisions of this description at any time as needed without notice.  This job description supersedes earlier versions.



Taos County Employment Opportunity: Billing Clerk 

Internal and External

 

JOB TITLE: Billing Clerk 

ENTRY LEVEL: $10.75 - $13.12 per hour DOE

CLASSIFICATION: Classified, Part-Time/Non - Exempt (FLSA)

DEFINITION: Performs a variety of entry level complex clerical duties designed to expedite the data entry and information management of all department financial activities, including accounts receivable and accounts payable. Performs general bookkeeping for the department, receives fees, issues receipts, balances and reconciles accounts.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

1. Education and Experience:

A. Graduation from high school with coursework in the fields of bookkeeping, accounting, and general office practices.

AND

B. One (1) year of experience performing above or related duties;

OR

C. An equivalent combination of Education and Experience.

 

2. Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Some knowledge of customer service best-practices; medical terminology common to emergency medical operations; general office procedures and record keeping and filing, basic bookkeeping and accounting methods; the functions of the EMS department and its interrelationship with other county departments; the various compliance requirements related to processing Medicare and Medicaid billings; clerical processes and procedures associated with accounts receivable and accounts payable; grammar, spelling and punctuation; personal computer operation and various software applications such as word processing, and data processing; liability associated with EMS functions and proper billing and record keeping; interpersonal communication methods;  computer operation and programs unique to EMS management system (Amazon); standard computer applications, i.e., MS Word, Excel, etc.

Ability to exercise initiative, independent judgment and to act resourcefully under varying conditions; ability to learn and understand in a short period of time complex aspects of a Medicaid and Medicare billing; maintain confidentiality related to legally sensitive information; communicate effectively, verbally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, elected officials, other agencies and the public; establish and maintain comprehensive records and files.

 

3. Special Qualifications:

Must be able to type and operate ten-key calculator, fax machine, computer keyboard. Must possess a valid New Mexico drivers license.

TAOS COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, NATIONAL ORIGIN, RELIGION, AGE, SEX, ANCESTRY, PHYSICAL OR MENTAL DISABILITY, SERIOUS MEDICAL CONDITION, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, SPOUSAL AFFILIATION OR GENDER IDENTITY.

The last day to apply for this position is Monday, August 25, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

This job announcement gives only a brief description of the position.  A complete job description can be obtained at the Taos County Human Resource Office, 105 Albright Street, Suite J, Taos, NM 87571 or by calling (575) 737-6312.

Taos County Employment Opportunity: Legal Assistant 

Internal and External

 

JOB TITLE: Legal Assistant 

ENTRY LEVEL: $13.04 - $15.88 per hour D.O.E. 

CLASSIFICATION: Classified/Non - Exempt (FLSA)

DEFINITION: Performs a variety of working level complex, legal secretarial duties designed to expedite legal services provided through the department of the County Attorney.  

         

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

1. Education and Experience:

A. Graduation from high school with course background in general office skills; plus two (2) years of business or legal secretarial training;

AND

B. Two (2) years of experience as a legal secretary or in some other comparable position providing exposure to legal terminology, methods, and procedures;

OR

C. An equivalent combination of education and experience.

 

 2. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Working knowledge of court document maintenance procedures; civil and criminal procedures; modern office practices and procedures; legal terminology, grammar, spelling and punctuation; modern filing systems related to alphabetical and numeric files; criminal and traffic code; the process for preparing and filing legal pleadings; the legal procedures of trials and courts; effective public relations and interpersonal communications.  Some knowledge of administrative procedures; county administrative operations; county process of creating ordinance and resolutions; budgeting methods; basic accounting and bookkeeping; general legal research methods, sources, and procedures.

Skill in taking and transcribing dictation from hand written notes or from recording equipment; office organization, indexing; the operation of PC Computer, telephone systems,  calculator, fax machine, copy machine.

Ability to exercise initiative, independent judgment and to act resourcefully under varying conditions; maintain strict confidentiality related to sensitive administrative and legal information; operate personal computer (windows) in utilizing various programs to produce or compose formal documents, reports and records; conduct legal research; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; establish and maintain comprehensive records and files; perform secretarial, stenographic and machine dictation involving legal terminology and format; maintain filing and record keeping system; effectively deal with stress caused by strict deadlines and work volume;  work with the public and develop effective working relationships; communicate effectively, verbally and in writing;  operate a calculator, copy machine, Dictaphone, computer, and other types of standard office equipment.

 

3. Special Qualifications:

Must be able to type 75 words per minute.

Speedwriting preferred but not required.

 

TAOS COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, NATIONAL ORIGIN, RELIGION, AGE, SEX, ANCESTRY, PHYSICAL OR MENTAL DISABILITY, SERIOUS MEDICAL CONDITION, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, SPOUSAL AFFILIATION OR GENDER IDENTITY.

The last day to apply for this position is Friday, August 22, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

This job announcement gives only a brief description of the position.  A complete job description can be obtained at the Taos County Administration Office, 105 Albright Street, Suite J, Taos, NM 87571 or by calling (575) 737-6312. 


Taos County Job Description

Job Title: Legal Assistant
Job Code: 1406  
Division: Legal
Effective Date: 11/30/10
Department: Executive
Last Revised: 10/09
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Paygrade: 11

 

GENERAL PURPOSE

Performs a variety of working level complex, legal secretarial duties designed to expedite legal services provided through the department of the County Attorney.  

 

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under the general supervision of the Assistant County Attorney, County Attorney or may be supervised by a Paralegal on a project-by-project basis as assigned.

 

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

None.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Performs general clerical functions; serves as receptionist; receives callers to the office and over the phone; answers written and oral inquiries for routine information and handles them independently; schedules appointments; explains departmental policy and procedures; provides copies of documents as legally provided for; proofreads ordinances, briefs and other material for accuracy, completeness, and punctuation; assists to monitor departmental purchases; schedules staff meetings, prepares agenda and types minutes.

Prepares and processes contracts and agreements; gathers general information independently from various departments to effectuate and generate comprehensive and complete legal documents; responds to discovery requests by completing forms and documents; assigns contract numbers and tracks original documents; may monitor contract status and disposition.

Performs routine research under special direction from the County Attorney; searches case material, legal opinions, and other formal documents; prepares subpoenas, collects case information from individuals and officers; processes requests for certified driving records and affidavits.

Monitors status of bonds and tracks defendants for "failure to appear"; prepares bond forfeiture letters notifying bonding companies of failure to appear; follows established procedures as needed to reach supplemental hearing.

Prepares and/or types a variety of civil and criminal legal documents such as information, summons, subpoenas, resolutions, zone changes, ordinances, annexations, agreements, grants, deeds, court pleadings, motions, orders, briefs, warrants, complaints, depositions, commitments, contracts, affidavits, letters, easements, and memorandums from machine dictation, shorthand notes or written drafts or standard forms; may compose such documents as directed; prepares case documents and appellate proceedings; assures timely filing with appropriate court;

Prepares and maintains calendar for references by attorney and other personnel; contacts witnesses, victims, police departments; and attorneys to obtain pertinent information; schedules court dates and times; calendars meetings, conferences, seminars, trials, preliminary hearings, etc. with officers.

Prepares case folder for trial by completing the required documents such as information’s, summons, subpoenas, pre-trial reports, etc.; files pleadings with court; maintains a file of all pertinent material related to individual cases, documents and information; monitors court dates; monitors case progress until final disposition, notifies court of any conflicts with defendant, officers or legal counsel.

Compiles court files; maintains legal filing system; maintains records of briefs filed by the department; receives and processes claim documents filed against the County.

Performs related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

1. Education and Experience:

A. Graduation from high school with course background in general office skills; plus two (2) years of business or legal secretarial training;

AND

B. Two (2) years of experience as a legal secretary or in some other comparable position providing exposure to legal terminology, methods, and procedures;

OR

C. An equivalent combination of education and experience.

 

2. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Working knowledge of court document maintenance procedures; civil and criminal procedures; modern office practices and procedures; legal terminology, grammar, spelling and punctuation; modern filing systems related to alphabetical and numeric files; criminal and traffic code; the process for preparing and filing legal pleadings; the legal procedures of trials and courts; effective public relations and interpersonal communications.  Some knowledge of administrative procedures; county administrative operations; county process of creating ordinance and resolutions; budgeting methods; basic accounting and bookkeeping; general legal research methods, sources, and procedures.

Skill in taking and transcribing dictation from hand written notes or from recording equipment; office organization, indexing; the operation of PC Computer, telephone systems,  calculator, fax machine, copy machine.

Ability to exercise initiative, independent judgment and to act resourcefully under varying conditions; maintain strict confidentiality related to sensitive administrative and legal information; operate personal computer (windows) in utilizing various programs to produce or compose formal documents, reports and records; conduct legal research; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; establish and maintain comprehensive records and files; perform secretarial, stenographic and machine dictation involving legal terminology and format; maintain filing and record keeping system; effectively deal with stress caused by strict deadlines and work volume;  work with the public and develop effective working relationships; communicate effectively, verbally and in writing;  operate a calculator, copy machine, Dictaphone, computer, and other types of standard office equipment.

 

3.Special Qualifications:

Must be able to type 75 words per minute.

Speedwriting preferred but not required.

 

4. Work Environment:

Incumbent of the position performs in a typical office setting with appropriate climate controls.  Tasks require a variety of physical activities such as walking, standing, stooping, sitting, reaching, talking, hearing and seeing. Occasional lifting, 25-30 pounds. Visual strain is ongoing in relation to daily computer operations.  Common eye, hand, finger dexterity exist.  Mental application utilizes memory for details, verbal instructions, emotional stability, discriminating thinking and creative problem solving.  

 

Disclaimer:  The above statements describe the general nature, level, and type of work performed by the incumbent(s) assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, demands, and skills required of personnel so classified.  Job descriptions are not intended to and do not imply or create any employment, compensation, or contract rights to any person or persons.  Management reserves the right to add, delete, or modify any and/or all provisions of this description at any time as needed without notice.  This job description supersedes earlier versions.

 

 

Taos County Employment Opportunity: Paralegal/Legal Secretary

Internal and External

 

JOB TITLE: Paralegal/Legal Secretary 

ENTRY LEVEL: $18.47 - $22.40 per hour D.O.E. 

CLASSIFICATION: Classified/Non - Exempt (FLSA)

DEFINITION: Performs a variety of routine administrative and full performance complex, paralegal duties designed to expedite legal services provided through the department of the County Attorney.  

         

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

1. Education and Experience:

A. Graduation from college with a bachelor’s degree; an associate degree and two (2) years of business or legal secretarial training;  Graduation from high school with course background in general office skills

AND

B. Three (3) years of experience as a legal secretary or in some other comparable position providing exposure to legal terminology, methods, and procedures;

OR

C. An equivalent combination of education and experience.

 

2. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Considerable knowledge of court document maintenance procedures; civil and criminal procedures; modern office practices and procedures; legal terminology, grammar, spelling and punctuation; the process for preparing and filing legal pleadings; modern filing systems related to alphabetical and numeric files;; the legal procedures of trials and courts; effective public relations and interpersonal communications.  Working knowledge of administrative procedures; basic accounting and bookkeeping.  Working knowledge of general legal research methods, sources, and procedures; basic principles of supervision.  Working knowledge of common law, statutory law, and the rules of practice and procedure in New Mexico; of the methods and techniques of legal research and the use of law books and other legal resource

Working knowledge of the principles and methods of gathering information and preparing reports; of the function and jurisdiction of local, state and federal courts and agencies; of the procedures involved in litigation and administrative proceedings; of basic record maintenance; Knowledge of contract development

Considerable Skill in taking and transcribing dictation from hand written notes or from recording equipment; office organization, indexing.  Some skill in the art of diplomacy and cooperative problem solving; leadership and organizational behavior management; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with State, Federal, and other local officials, elected officials, subordinate staff, and County residents. Skill in the operation of PC Computer, telephone systems, calculator, fax machine, copy machine.

Ability to exercise initiative, independent judgment and to act resourcefully under varying conditions; maintain strict confidentiality related to sensitive administrative information and legal information; operate personal computer (windows) utilizing various programs to produce or compose formal documents, reports and records; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; establish and maintain comprehensive records and files; perform secretarial, stenographic and machine dictation involving legal terminology and format; effectively deal with stress caused by strict deadlines and work volume;  maintain filing and record keeping system;  work with the public and develop effective working relationships; communicate effectively, verbally and in writing;  operate a calculator, copy machine, Dictaphone, computer, and other types of standard office equipment.

 

3. Special Qualifications:

Must be able to type 75 words per minute.
Speedwriting preferred but not required.

 

TAOS COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, NATIONAL ORIGIN, RELIGION, AGE, SEX, ANCESTRY, PHYSICAL OR MENTAL DISABILITY, SERIOUS MEDICAL CONDITION, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, SPOUSAL AFFILIATION OR GENDER IDENTITY.

The last day to apply for this position is Friday, August 22, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

This job announcement gives only a brief description of the position.  A complete job description can be obtained at the Taos County Administration Office, 105 Albright Street, Suite J, Taos, NM 87571 or by calling (575) 737-6312.


Taos County Job Description

Job Title: Paralegal/Legal Secretary
Job Code: 1405
Division: Legal
Effective Date: 11/30/10
Department: Executive
Last Revised: 8/14
FLSA: Non-exempt
Paygrade: 20

 

GENERAL PURPOSE

Performs a variety of routine administrative and full performance complex, paralegal duties designed to expedite legal services provided through the department of the County Attorney.  

 

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under the general supervision of the Assistant County Attorney and/or County Attorney.

 

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

May provide close supervision to less experienced legal secretarial and temporary personnel.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Conducts legal research; provides complex clerical and advanced secretarial support for the County Attorney and/or Assistant County Attorney; transcribes, files, organizes office processes and functions; manages department calendar, maintains department law library; serves as receptionist, schedules appointments; screens general public visitors; composes letters and documents; acts as department purchasing authority, orders materials and supplies, processes invoices; processes departmental time sheets for payroll calculations; may provide secretarial assistance to other executives and offices of the county, i.e., County Manager, Assistant County Manager, or HR Director;, managing accounts payable, processing reports and maintaining activities database.

Plans, organizes and coordinates various administrative functions for the county’s administrative offices; may organize administrative support to manage workload demands; drafts, proofreads, edits and disseminates documents and correspondence; prepares and distributes materials, documents, copies, agendas and meeting minutes; manage, organizes and schedules meetings, facilities, training, testing, vehicle usage, travel, teleconferences, etc.; sets up communications equipment as needed; may collect, collate and distribute incoming mail; tracks travel reimbursements; produces presentation materials.

Participates in the preparation of the departmental annual budget; performs initial organization of budget detail; presents preliminary budget to County Attorney; monitors department fiscal activity to assure compliance with established budget guidelines; receives and processes departmental bills for approval and payment; prepares requisitions, balances account records.

As lead legal secretary, receives and generates assignments, may determine priorities and delegate tasks; performs paralegal functions and assignments related to the more complex legal processes; conducts general legal research; may perform routine case intake processes; performs preliminary screening of complaints and apprises callers of normal procedures for seeking legal remedies; proofreads ordinances, briefs and other material for accuracy, completeness, and punctuation; schedules staff meetings, prepares agenda and types minutes; provides training to less experienced secretarial or support staff.

Provides legal research and composes routine correspondence involving pertinent laws; prepares exhibits and assists attorneys in the perparation of facts and law in such form as can be used for litigation. Prepares and drafts, files and indexes a variety of civil and criminal legal documents and pleadings such as information, summons, subpoenas, resolutions, zone changes, ordinances, policies, agreements, grants, deeds, court pleadings, motions, orders, briefs, warrants, complaints, depositions, commitments, contracts, affidavits, letters, easements, and memorandums from machine dictation, shorthand notes or written drafts; may compose such documents as directed; prepares case documents and appellate proceedings; assures timely filing with appropriate court.

Performs general contract administration; prepares and processes contracts and agreements; gathers information independently from various departments to effectuate and generate comprehensive and complete legal documents; responds to discovery requests by completing forms and documents; assigns contract numbers and tracks original documents; may monitor contract status and disposition; assists to assure proper publication of county ordinances and resolutions.

Performs routine research under special direction from the County Attorney; searches case material, legal opinions, and other formal documents; prepares subpoenas, collects case information from individuals and officers; processes requests for certified driving records and affidavits.

Researches property codes, warranty deeds and ownership as necessary and relevant for cases where the County is involved.

Performs preliminary screening; discusses issues with citizens to obtain appropriate information and independently prepares motions to dismiss when appropriate, according to established practices and procedures.

Prepares and maintains calendar for references by attorney and other personnel; contacts witnesses, victims, police departments; and attorneys to obtain pertinent information; schedules court dates and times; calendars meetings, conferences, seminars, trials, preliminary hearings, etc. with officers.

Prepares case folder for trial by completing the required documents such as information’s, summons, subpoenas, pre-trial reports, etc.; files pleadings with court; maintains a file of all pertinent material related to individual cases, documents and information; monitors court dates; monitors case progress until final disposition, notifies court of any conflicts with defendant, officers or legal counsel.

Compiles court files; maintains legal filing system; maintains records of briefs filed by the department; receives and processes claim documents filed against the County.  Coordinates and gathers relevant information for County Insurance provider and/or outside counsel on any notices of action against the County.  Tracks claims against the county. 

Performs related duties as assigned.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

1. Education and Experience:

A. Graduation from college with a bachelor’s degree; an associate degree and two (2) years of business or legal secretarial training;  Graduation from high school with course background in general office skills

AND

B. Three (3) years of experience as a legal secretary or in some other comparable position providing exposure to legal terminology, methods, and procedures;

OR

C. An equivalent combination of education and experience.

 

2. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Considerable knowledge of court document maintenance procedures; civil and criminal procedures; modern office practices and procedures; legal terminology, grammar, spelling and punctuation; the process for preparing and filing legal pleadings; modern filing systems related to alphabetical and numeric files;; the legal procedures of trials and courts; effective public relations and interpersonal communications.  Working knowledge of administrative procedures; basic accounting and bookkeeping.  Working knowledge of general legal research methods, sources, and procedures; basic principles of supervision.  Working knowledge of common law, statutory law, and the rules of practice and procedure in New Mexico; of the methods and techniques of legal research and the use of law books and other legal resource

Working knowledge of the principles and methods of gathering information and preparing reports; of the function and jurisdiction of local, state and federal courts and agencies; of the procedures involved in litigation and administrative proceedings; of basic record maintenance; Knowledge of contract development

Considerable Skill in taking and transcribing dictation from hand written notes or from recording equipment; office organization, indexing.  Some skill in the art of diplomacy and cooperative problem solving; leadership and organizational behavior management; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with State, Federal, and other local officials, elected officials, subordinate staff, and County residents. Skill in the operation of PC Computer, telephone systems,  calculator, fax machine, copy machine.

Ability to exercise initiative, independent judgment and to act resourcefully under varying conditions; maintain strict confidentiality related to sensitive administrative information and legal information; operate personal computer (windows) utilizing various programs to produce or compose formal documents, reports and records; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; establish and maintain comprehensive records and files; perform secretarial, stenographic and machine dictation involving legal terminology and format; effectively deal with stress caused by strict deadlines and work volume;  maintain filing and record keeping system;  work with the public and develop effective working relationships; communicate effectively, verbally and in writing;  operate a calculator, copy machine, Dictaphone, computer, and other types of standard office equipment.

 

3. Special Qualifications:

Must be able to type 75 words per minute.
Speedwriting preferred but not required.

 

4. Work Environment:

Incumbent of the position performs in a typical office setting with appropriate climate controls.  Tasks require a variety of physical activities such as walking, standing, stooping, sitting, reaching, talking, hearing and seeing. Occasional lifting, 25-30 pounds. Visual strain is ongoing in relation to daily computer operations.  Common eye, hand, finger dexterity exist.  Mental application utilizes memory for details, verbal instructions, emotional stability, discriminating thinking and creative problem solving.  

 

Disclaimer:  The above statements describe the general nature, level, and type of work performed by the incumbent(s) assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, demands, and skills required of personnel so classified.  Job descriptions are not intended to and do not imply or create any employment, compensation, or contract rights to any person or persons.  Management reserves the right to add, delete, or modify any and/or all provisions of this description at any time as needed without notice.  This job description supersedes earlier versions.



2014 Taos County Primary Election Results

Early Results:

RACE TOTAL VOTES
Final Count (10:04 PM)
State Representative District 42 # %
  Roberto "Bobby" Gonzales (D) 3,775 100
State Representative District 41 # %
  Debbie Rodella (D) 400 100
       
County Commissioner District 1 # %
  Jim K. Fambro (D) 674 70.58
  Sarah B. Medina-Martinez (D) 281 29.42
  Total: 955 100
County Commision District 2 # %
  Darien D. Fernandez (D) 267 28.96
  Mark L. Gallegos (D) 655 71.04
  Total: 922 100
  Virgil D. Martinez ( R) 103 100
County Commissioner District  5 # %
  Ben J. Tafoya (D) 228 21.01
  Michael A. Silva (D) 224 22.49
  Emanuel B. Pacheco (D) 285 26.27
  Candyce S. O'Donnell (D) 328 30.23
  Total: 1,085 100
County Assessor # %
  Tammy M. Jaramillo (D) 943 18.24
  Bobbi Roberta DeHerrera (D) 1,346 26.03
  Andrew D. Chavez (D) 683 13.21
  Abel Montoya (D) 2,199 42.53
  Total: 5,171 100
County Sheriff # %
  Celedon Cele Gallegos (D) 970 18.00
  Robert Alan Rivera (D) 465 8.63
  Bonney Gabriel Medina (D) 169 3.14
  Betty J. Martinez-Gonzales (D) 1,396 25.90
  Jerry L. Hogrefe (D) 1,447 26.85
  Ricky M. Romero (D) 294 5.46
  Steve Miera Jr. (D) 447 8.29
  Matthew F. Vigil (D) 201 3.73
    5,389 100
  Richard E. Trujillo ( R) 388 100
  Total:    
Probate Judge # %
  Maxine Valerio Montoya 1,976 39.29
  Paloma G. Romo 3,053 60.71
  Total: 5,029 100
       
  Michael Torrez 409 100
       
US Senator # %
  Allen E. Weh (R )

287

59.30
  David Kale Clements ( R)   197 40.70
  Total: 484  
  Tom Udall (D) 4,799 100
Governor # %
  Susana Martinez ( R) 463 100
       
  Howie Morales (D) 489 9.17
  Alan M. Weber (D) 1,110 20.82
  Lawrence D. Rael (D) 1,961 36.78
  Gary K. King (D) 1,368 25.66
  Linda M. Lopez (D) 397 7.45
  Write - In  6 0.11
  Total: 5,331 100
Lt. Governor # %
  John A. Sanchez (R ) 425 100
  Debra A. Haaland (D) 4,019 100
Secretary of State # %
  Dianna J. Duran  (R ) 420 100
  Maggie Toulouse Oliver (D) 3,947 100
State Auditor # %
  Robert J. Aragon  ( R) 398 100
  Timothy M. Keller (D) 3,909 100
US Rep District 3 # %
  Ben Ray Lujan (D) 4,852 92.72
  Robert Blanch (D) 381 7.28
  Total: 5,233 100
  Jefferson L. Byrd ( R) 378 100
Magistrate Judge Div. 1 # %
  Bob G. Fitzgerald (D) 1,183 22.79
  Ernest L. Ortega (D) 4,007 77.21
    5,190 100
Magistrate Judge Div. 2 # %
  Jeff Shannon 4,046 100
       
State Treasurer  # %
  Tim Eichenberg (D) 2,942 62.03
  John Wertheim (D) 1,801 37.97
    4,743 100
  Rick J. Lopez (R ) 411 100
Attorney General  # %
  Hector Balderas (D) 4,271 100
  Susan M. Riedel ( R) 407 100
Commissioner of Public Lands # %
  Aubrey Dunn (R ) 393 100
   Ray Bennett Powell (D)  3,899  100
Judge Court of Appeals # %
  J. Miles Hanisee (R ) 389 100
  Kerry Kiernan (D) 3,739 100

 

Taos County Employment Opportunity: Adult Detention Sergeant 

Internal and External

JOB TITLE: Adult Detention Sergeant 

ENTRY LEVEL: $15.82 per hour 

CLASSIFICATION: Classified/Non – Exempt (FLSA) 

DEFINITION: Performs a variety of first-line supervisory law enforcement duties related to the security, safety, order, operation and maintenance of county jail facilities and the incarceration and detention of prisoners.  Acts as a shift supervisor and officer-in- charge (OIC).

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

1. Education and Experience:

A. Graduation from high school or equivalent;  plus completion of detention officer training; 

AND

B. Four (4) years of progressively responsible experience performing above and related duties;

OR

C. An equivalent combination of education and experience.

 

Considerable knowledge of the criminal justice system; care and inmate management; general supervision techniques applied in a detention environment;  general law enforcement practices and procedures;  law enforcement; principles, methods and techniques of effective supervision; legal environment associated with law enforcement; local, state and federal laws and regulations; criminal codes and jail standards; departmental standard operating procedures; fundamentals of proper search and seizure; inmate classification methods and guidelines, federal, state and local laws and regulations related to jail activities; New Mexico Criminal Code, New Mexico Jail Standards, courtroom security methods and processes, court processes and protocol, computer operations and related software; basic principles of psychology and sociology; complex records management systems and legal guidelines; cell extraction methods and procedures; ground fighting methods; elementary first aid techniques and procedures and CPR.  Working knowledge of computer operation and related software; basic psychology and indicators related to violent or suicidal tendencies.

Skill in the use of specialized equipment including tasers, PBCT/baton, pepper spray, restraining devices, etc.

Ability to deal effectively with work related stress related workplace liabilities; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; manage physical aggression in detainees;  direct and maintain confidentiality in managing sensitive legal issues and cases; restrain physically violent prisoners;  react quickly to novel situations under conditions of stress;  operate a variety of types of office machines;   personal computer or terminal operation; write legible reports;  develop effective working relationships with elected officials, legal professionals, law enforcement agencies; subordinates, and the public.

 

3. Special Qualifications:

Must be 21 years of age.
Must possess a valid New Mexico driver’s license.
Must be willing to work on-call and shift assignments.
Must be willing to undergo various physical, mental and background examinations prior to hiring.
Must complete “Defensive Driving” course.
Must complete “Safe Physical Management & Passive Restraint” course.
Must be a certified Detention Officer and maintain annually required training hours.

 

TAOS COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, NATIONAL ORIGIN, RELIGION, AGE, SEX, ANCESTRY, PHYSICAL OR MENTAL DISABILITY, SERIOUS MEDICAL CONDITION, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, SPOUSAL AFFILIATION OR GENDER IDENTITY.

The last day to apply for this position is Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

This job announcement gives only a brief description of the position.  A complete job description can be obtained at the Taos County Human Resource Office, 105 Albright Street, Suite J, Taos, NM 87571 or by calling (575) 737-6309.


Taos County Job Description

Job Title: Adult Detention Sergeant
Job Code: 217
Division: Operations
Effective Date: 11/30/2010
Department: Adult Detention
Last Revised: 10/09
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Paygrade: 16

 

GENERAL PURPOSE

Performs a variety of first-line supervisory law enforcement duties related to the security, safety, order, operation and maintenance of county jail facilities and the incarceration and detention of prisoners.  Acts as a shift supervisor and officer-in- charge (OIC).

 

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under the close to general supervision of the Adult Detention Lieutenant or Security Chief.

 

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

Provides close supervision to Adult Detention Officer(s) II, I or cadet while in training or on a project-by-project basis.  May be assigned to function as a Training Officer.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Oversees all detention activities and inmate services on assigned shift; supervise the work activities of assigned personnel; assists in assigning work schedules; provides input regarding personnel job performance; trains and orients detention deputies. 

supervises various facility functions including booking, housing, building maintenance, kitchen operations and laundry operations; screens, inspects and distributes mail; acts as liaison between courts and inmates and inmate families; responds to questions and issues pertaining to court processes.

Supervises subordinate staff and assures compliance with established policies, procedures and practices; maintains order, discipline, and protocol for both jail staff and inmates; 

Supervises inmates in county jail in accordance with established policies, regulations and procedures while assuming responsibility for all needs (physical, medical, etc.) of the prisoners during detention.

Performs various tasks associated with inmate admissions; books prisoners, takes finger prints; reviews offense status and classification (violent, non-violent, etc.) to determine appropriate level of security and confinement; maintains records related to commitment and work release time; readies inmates for work release engagements and court appearance.

Observes conduct and behavior of inmates to prevent disturbances and escapes; searches inmates and cells for contraband articles; patrols assigned areas for evidence of forbidden activities, infractions of rules and unsatisfactory attitudes or adjustment of prisoners, and reports observations to supervisor; performs inmate supervision during recreation and meal periods. 

Inspects cells, locks, grills, doors and gates for tampering; employs various forms of discipline as needed to maintain order among prisoners, if necessary.

Supervises prisoners in transit between jail, courtroom, prisons, or other points, traveling by automobile or public transportation as required; locks prisoner(s) in cell after searching for weapons, valuables or drugs.

Secures all valuables and/or belongings and follows standard procedures designated for the disposing or maintaining of the same; orders and serves meals to prisoners and provides or obtains medical aid if needed; administers medication as prescribed by doctor.

Prepares arrest records including reports, bookings, releases, fingerprinting and mug shot photography (identifying the prisoner and charge against him/her); assists in the maintenance of various records and information reporting materials and data base.

Supervises trustees or prisoners on general work details inside or outside of jail; directs and performs general maintenance of jail facility and environs; repairs safety and security devices; cleans and sanitizes cells; maintains inmate recreation area and equipment.

Performs other related duties as required.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

1. Education and Experience:

A. Graduation from high school or equivalent;  plus completion of detention officer training; 

AND

B. Four (4) years of progressively responsible experience performing above and related duties;

OR

C. An equivalent combination of education and experience.

 

2. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Considerable knowledge of the criminal justice system; care and inmate management; general supervision techniques applied in a detention environment;  general law enforcement practices and procedures;  law enforcement; principles, methods and techniques of effective supervision; legal environment associated with law enforcement; local, state and federal laws and regulations; criminal codes and jail standards; departmental standard operating procedures; fundamentals of proper search and seizure; inmate classification methods and guidelines, federal, state and local laws and regulations related to jail activities; New Mexico Criminal Code, New Mexico Jail Standards, courtroom security methods and processes, court processes and protocol, computer operations and related software; basic principles of psychology and sociology; complex records management systems and legal guidelines; cell extraction methods and procedures; ground fighting methods; elementary first aid techniques and procedures and CPR.  Working knowledge of computer operation and related software; basic psychology and indicators related to violent or suicidal tendencies.

Skill in the use of specialized equipment including tasers, PBCT/baton, pepper spray, restraining devices, etc.

Ability to deal effectively with work related stress related workplace liabilities; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; manage physical aggression in detainees;  direct and maintain confidentiality in managing sensitive legal issues and cases; restrain physically violent prisoners;  react quickly to novel situations under conditions of stress;  operate a variety of types of office machines;   personal computer or terminal operation; write legible reports;  develop effective working relationships with elected officials, legal professionals, law enforcement agencies; subordinates, and the public.

 

3. Special Qualifications:

Must be 21 years of age.
Must possess a valid New Mexico driver’s license.
Must be willing to work on-call and shift assignments.
Must be willing to undergo various physical, mental and background examinations prior to hiring.
Must complete “Defensive Driving” course.
Must complete “Safe Physical Management & Passive Restraint” course.
Must be a certified Detention Officer and maintain annually required training hours.

 

4. Work Environment:

Functions of the position generally performed in a controlled environment, but subject to occasional travel.  Many functions of the work pose high degree of hazard uncertainty.  .  May be exposed to: foul-mouthed, offensive, crude, rude and tasteless language; offensive, abrasive, argumentative or aggressive behavior; a boisterous environment with unclothed persons extremities in plain view.

Physical readiness and conditioning may be a condition of job retention. Tasks require variety of physical activities, occasionally involving muscular strain, such as walking, standing, turning, stooping, sitting, reaching, talking, hearing and seeing.  Must be able to occasionally lift 100+ pounds. Occasional physical and muscular stress and potential injury related to dealing with aggressive, violent and combative offenders. Mental application utilizes memory for details, ideas and written and verbal communications, emotional stability, discriminating thinking, guided and creative problem solving.

Occasional local travel required in performance of daily work assignments.  

 

Disclaimer:  The above statements describe the general nature, level, and type of work performed by the incumbent(s) assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, demands, and skills required of personnel so classified.  Job descriptions are not intended to and do not imply or create any employment, compensation, or contract rights to any person or persons.  Management reserves the right to add, delete, or modify any and/or all provisions of this description at any time as needed without notice.  This job description supersedes earlier versions.

 

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