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Mary DeLorenzo, director of New Mexico EDGE, will serve as chair of the National Certified Public Manager Consortium in 2016. (Courtesy photo)

NM EDGE director named chair of National Certified Public Manager Consortium

New Mexico State University’s director of New Mexico EDGE is now serving as chair of the National Certified Public Manager Consortium.

Mary DeLorenzo has served three years in various leadership roles with the NCPMC, which is the accrediting organization for New Mexico Certified Public Manager program.

“It is an honor for NMSU and New Mexico for Mary to serve as chair of the national consortium,” said Jon Boren, director of New Mexico Cooperative Extension Service, which administers the program.

DeLorenzo has been the program director at NM EDGE, which stands for Education Designed to Generate Excellence in the public sector, for five years.

“NMSU is very fortunate to have her experience in working with public entities,” Boren said. “Through her efforts, the program continues to grow as it demonstrates the land-grant university mission of providing research-based information to the residents of the state.”

NM EDGE evolved from a County College program developed in 2003 between NMSU’s Cooperative Extension Service and New Mexico Association of Counties.

DeLorenzo has been involved with the program from its inception, having worked at NMAC for 20 years.

Since arriving at NMSU in 2007, DeLorenzo worked with a variety of strategic partners to expand the program offerings to municipal, county and state personnel.

NM EDGE CPM earned its initial accreditation through NCPMC in 2011, and program standards are reviewed every five years for continuing accreditation. NM EDGE offers a three-tiered program with certification as public official, public supervisor and public manager.

NM EDGE is a professional development training program with the motto “Better government through education.” Since its expansion, 282 public official have graduated with a variety of designations, including county commissioner, county clerk, treasury official, public assessment officer, public purchasing professional, jail specialist, GIS specialist, cooperative extension professional and advocate in public ethics.

Incorporated in 1980, NCPMC establishes and preserves standards for the certified public management designation. It was founded on the principle that the quality and efficiency of management in government has a major impact on the lives of residents and the orderly functioning of society, and that systematic training programs are essential to maintain and improve the effectiveness and professionalism of government managers.

Author: Jane Moorman NMSU

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