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Taos County Employment Opportunity: Road Maintenance Operator I 

Internal and External

JOB TITLE: Road Maintenance Operator I 

ENTRY LEVEL: $12.54 per hour 

CLASSIFICATION: Classified/Non - Exempt (FLSA)

DEFINITION: Performs working level skilled tasks in the operation and maintenance of light to heavy duty equipment as needed to construct, maintain or repair county roads, bridges, culverts and flood channels.

 

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.  Three (3) years of experience in operation and maintenance of medium and heavy sized equipment;

OR

C.  An equivalent combination of education and experience.

 

2. Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Working knowledge of various light to heavy equipment; hazards and safety precautions related to construction and equipment operation; traffic laws, ordinances, and regulations; construction methods and procedures typical to county service systems; equipment parts and preventive maintenance for the same.

Skill in the operation of heavy mechanized equipment as required by the position, i.e., Roller, Sweeper,  10-Wheel Dump, Loader, Belly Dump, Track Loader, Cat/Dozer, Road Grader, Sanders, Water Truck, etc.

Ability to follow OSHA regulations related to hazardous conditions; operate simple to complex heavy duty equipment; operate heavy equipment in various conditions; perform manual tasks for sustained periods of time; perform minor equipment maintenance and repair; follow written and verbal instructions; read and understand prints and plans; communicate effectively, verbally and in writing; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees, the public and supervisors.

 

3. Special Qualifications:

Must possess or be able to acquire a valid “Class B”  New Mexico Commercial Drivers License (CDL).

Must be able to pass ICC physical and maintain medical certificate.

Must be flagging certified.

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

 

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, December 29, 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: Road Maintenance Operator I
Job Code: 1722
Division: Operations
Effective Date: 11/30/10
Department: Public Works
Last Revised: 10/09
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Paygrade: 10

 

GENERAL PURPOSE

Performs working level skilled tasks in the operation and maintenance of light to heavy duty equipment as needed to construct, maintain or repair county roads, bridges, culverts and flood channels.

 

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under the general supervision of the Road Foreman or Road Maintenance Operator II.

 

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

May provide close supervision to less experienced Laborer(s) while in training or on a project-by-project basis.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Operates specialized heavy equipment such as road grader, dozer, and medium equipment such as backhoe, front-end loader, belly-dump, water wagon, roller, transports, salt spreader, dump truck, “brush hog weed cutter” and other similar equipment in the maintenance, construction and repair of county road system, i.e. culverts, bridges, etc; clears flood control channels to prevent blockage, clears culverts of debris; repairs pot holes, highway shoulders, lays road cover and gravel; performs show removal as needed. 

Operates trucks, dump trucks and pups, snow plow and salt spreader in hauling, plowing and cleaning streets and highways; repairs and replaces highway markers and road signs; operates mower to clear and manage weed growth; controls tree growth in the right-of-ways; operates dozer as needed to control fires by pushing fire breaks; operates chain saw to perform bush and tree trimming.

Follows signing programs in compliance with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and other applicable standards; erects construction and work zone signing, i.e., barricades, flashing lights, etc.;  as a crew member, installs and maintains various road signs; performs as a worksite flagger as needed.

Checks and services assigned equipment; performs routine maintenance and emergency repairs; reports mechanical problems to the shop for repair; operates a variety of hand and power tools in performing general maintenance of vehicles and equipment; may assist in the fabrication of equipment parts.

May serve as lead worker on a limited basis over an assigned crew for the completion of an assigned project such as repairing a street or maintaining a flood control channel.

Performs duties with due regard for personal safety, that of other employees and the public; performs as a flagger when assigned to assure safety while working on highways.

Performs general maintenance duties such as fence mending, yard upkeep, power washing and equipment cleaning, etc.; may perform basic welding and light mechanic work.

Performs other duties ( including general labor ) 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.  Three (3) years of experience in operation and maintenance of medium and heavy sized equipment;

OR

C.  An equivalent combination of education and experience.

 

2. Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Working knowledge of various light to heavy equipment; hazards and safety precautions related to construction and equipment operation; traffic laws, ordinances, and regulations; construction methods and procedures typical to county service systems; equipment parts and preventive maintenance for the same.

Skill in the operation of heavy mechanized equipment as required by the position, i.e., Roller, Sweeper,  10-Wheel Dump, Loader, Belly Dump, Track Loader, Cat/Dozer, Road Grader, Sanders, Water Truck, etc.

Ability to follow OSHA regulations related to hazardous conditions; operate simple to complex heavy duty equipment; operate heavy equipment in various conditions; perform manual tasks for sustained periods of time; perform minor equipment maintenance and repair; follow written and verbal instructions; read and understand prints and plans; communicate effectively, verbally and in writing; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees, the public and supervisors.

 

3. Special Qualifications:

Must possess or be able to acquire a valid “Class B”  New Mexico Commercial Drivers License (CDL).

Must be able to pass ICC physical and maintain medical certificate.

Must be flagging certified.

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

 

4. Work Environment:

Tasks require variety of physical activities, generally involving muscular strain, such as walking, standing, stooping, sitting, reaching, and lifting.  Aspects of the work require talking, hearing and seeing. Periodic lifting required to perform daily tasks, up to 50 pounds.  Common eye, hand, finger, leg and foot dexterity exist.  Mental application utilizes memory for details, verbal instructions, emotional stability, discriminating thinking and some guided problem solving.  Continuous travel in automobile or heavy equipment required in job performance. Daily exposure dust, noise, chemicals and to changing weather extremes and seasonal conditions.

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.

 

 

 

Proposed Ordinances:

  •  None at this time

 

Ordinances:

Ordinance No. 2014-1  

  • Taos County Land Use Regulations (Adopted)

 

Ordinance No. 2014-1

  • 2014-1 Land Use Regulations Maps (Adopted)

 

Ordinance No. 2005-08

  • Subdivision Ordinance

 

Ordinance No. 2006-6 

  • Amending Ordinance No. 2003-3, An Ordinance establishing a Burn/No Burn Policy in Taos County

 

Ordinance No. 2007-17

  • An Ordinance providing a criminal penalty for talking on or otherwise operating a hand held cellular phone or device while driving a vehicle and creating exceptions

 

Ordinance No. 2010-04

  • Establishing an Advisory and Informational Committee on Public Welfare Impacts of Water Appropriations and Changes in Point of Diversion, Place of Use or Purpose of Use

 

Ordinance No. 2011-01

  • Animal Control Ordinance 

 

Ordinance No. 2012-06

  • Personnel Policy

 


 

Resolutions:

Resolution No. 2010-15

  • A Resolution certifying the County Maintained Road Mileage Inventory  

 

 Resolution No. 2011-21

  •  A Resolution certifying the County Maintained Road Mileage Inventory

 

 Resolution No. 2012-09

  •  A Resolution certifying the County Maintained Road Mileage Inventory

 

 Resolution No. 2013-15

  •  A Resolution certifying the County Maintained Road Mileage Inventory 

  

 Resolution No. 2013-45

  •  Rules And Regulations For The Taos County Indigent Fund Claims Program

 

 Resolution No. 2014-06

  •  A Resolution certifying the County Maintained Road Mileage Inventory

 

Resolution 2014-53

  • Amending 2014 County Holidays

 

Taos County Employment Opportunity: Adult Detention Officer I

Internal and External

JOB TITLE: Adult Detention Officer I

ENTRY LEVEL: $12.55 per hour 

CLASSIFICATION: Temporary/Non-Exempt (FLSA)

DEFINITION: Performs a variety entry level technical and correction/detention duties intended to assure compliance with adult detention center operational polices, practices and procedures. Maintains safety and security of the detention center and proper day-to-day care of inmates.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

1. Education and Experience:

A. Graduation from high school and successful completion of specialized training provided by an approved standards and training organization or through in-service; Adult Detention Officer I, 

AND

 B. Six (6 mo.) months experience performing above and related duties;

Or

C. An equivalent combination of education and experience.

 

2. Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Some 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; elementary first aid techniques and procedures and CPR; basic principles of psychology and sociology; complex records management systems and legal guidelines.  Skill in the operation of security equipment.

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 an off-site skills assessment conducted by New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions.
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 position will be posted till filled

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: Adult Detention Officer I
Job Code: 220
Division: Operations
Effective Date: 11/30/10
Department: Adult Detention
Last Revised: 10/09
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Paygrade: 10 

GENERAL PURPOSE

Performs a variety entry level technical and correction/detention duties intended to assure compliance with adult detention center operational polices, practices and procedures. Maintains safety and security of the detention center and proper day-to-day care of inmates. 

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under the general supervision of the Adult Detention Sergeant, Lieutenant or Security Chief.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED

May provide close supervision to Adult Detention Cadet while in training or on as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS 

Resident Supervision: Operates observation devices as needed to maintain order and compliance with center programs, practices and policy; observes activities and behaviors of residents; assures proper operation of security devices, locks, etc.; admits visitors and officials into facility and various sections of the center.Observe, interact, listen and respond to conduct and behavior of inmates; utilizes effective inter-personal communication skills as need to manage the behavior of inmates to enhance the safety and environment for inmates and staff; effecting disciplinary process when appropriate.

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. 

Assures proper and regular maintenance of facility during assigned shift; performs general cleaning and sanitization of offices according to established cleaning schedules; supervises residents in performing general work assignments.

Transports and escorts inmates in transit between jail, courtroom, prisons, or other points, traveling by automobile or public transportation as required; secures inmate(s) in cell.

May serve as bailiff under the direction of the district court; performs a variety of security tasks specific to maintaining courtroom order and insuring that courtroom processes are adhered to; serves as jail security officer by carrying out specific plans and programs to assure safety of court personnel and protection of jail facilities and others; follows specific instructions from appropriate supervisors.

Performs cell checks and observes resident behaviors; conducts suicide watch to prevent related self-inflicted injury.

Booking: Performs various tasks associated with inmate admissions; fingerprints; searches inmates; books prisoners; reviews offense status and classification (violent, non-violent, etc.) to assess appropriate level of security and confinement; processes inmates for release; maintains paper work on each inmate being detained to include intake forms, acknowledgement of rights forms, daily reports court papers and other documents relating to detention, resident conduct and care; assures proper intake of resident, issues uniforms and personal care supplies, administers medications and provides meals.

Operates personal computer to input various types of inmate information into Sleuth program; updates resident records and files; assists to compile information and detail needed to prepare regular reports related to resident status, behavior and detention activities.

Releasing: Assures proper processing of release documents for detainees; updates records as required and out-processes juveniles according to established procedures; secures proper signatures on formal documents.

  

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

1. Education and Experience:

A. Graduation from high school and successful completion of specialized training provided by an approved standards and training organization or through in-service;

AND

B. Six (6 mo.) months experience performing above and related duties;

Or

C. An equivalent combination of education and experience.

 

2. Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Some 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; elementary first aid techniques and procedures and CPR; basic principles of psychology and sociology; complex records management systems and legal guidelines. Skill in the operation of security equipment.

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 an off-site skills assessment conducted by New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions.
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. 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.  Occasional physical and muscular stress and potential injury related to dealing with aggressive, violent and combative offenders.

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 Election Results

Early Results:

RACE TOTAL VOTES
As of 10:32pm
State Representative District 42 # %
  Roberto "Bobby" Gonzales (D) 6543 --
State Representative District 41 # %
  Debbie Rodella (D) 953 --
County Commissioner District 1 # %
  Jim K. Fambro (D) 1504 --
County Commissioner District 2 # %
  Virgil Martinez (R) 747 --
  Mark L. Gallegos (D) 764 --
  Total: -- --
County Commissioner District  5 # %
  Candyce S. O'Donnell (D) 1219 --
County Assessor # %
  Abel Montoya (D) 7273 --
County Sheriff # %
  Jerry L. Hogrefe (D) 6081 --
  Ronald G. Montez (R) 2999 --
  Total: -- --
Probate Judge # %
  Michael Torrez (R) 2178 --
  Paloma G. Romo (D) 6679 --
  Total: -- --
US Senator # %
  Allen E. Weh (R) 1810 --
  Tom Udall (D)   7503 --
  Total: -- --
Governor # %
  Susana Martinez (R) 3223 --
  Gary King (D) 6004 --
  Total: -- --
Lt. Governor # %
  John A. Sanchez (R) 3223 --
  Debra A. Haaland (D) 6004 --
  Total: -- --
Secretary of State # %
  Diana J. Duran (R) 3123 --
  Maggie Oliver (D) 6060 --
  Total: -- --
State Auditor # %
  Robert J. Aragon  (R) 2607 --
  Timothy M. Keller (D) 6390 --
  Total: -- --
US Rep District 3 # %
  Ben Ray Lujan (D) 7809 --
  Jefferson L Byrd (R) 1461 --
  Total: -- --
Magistrate Judge Div. 1 # %
  Ernest L. Ortega (D) 7457 --
Magistrate Judge Div. 2 # %
  Jeff Shannon (D) 7307 --
State Treasurer  # %
  Tim Eichenberg (D) 6368 --
  Rick J. Lopez (R) 2648 --
  Total: -- --
Attorney General  # %
  Hector Balderas (D) 7667 --
  Susan M. Riedel (R) 1508 --
  Total: -- --
Commissioner of Public Lands # %
  Aubrey Dunn (R) 2274 --
  Ray Bennett Powell (D) 6679 --
  Total: -- --
Judge Court of Appeals # %
  J. Miles Hanisee (R) 2406 --
  Kerry Kiernan (D) 6264 --
  Total: -- --
Judicial Retention # yes # no
  John Paternoster 6909 1499
  Sarah C Backus 7028 1342
  Jeff McElroy 7038 1218
  Edward L Chavez 5857 1094
  Linda M. Vanzi 5556 1168
  Jim Wechsler 5373 1258
  Cynthia Fry 5518 1147
Question 1 # for # against
    4890 3657
Constitutional Amendment 1 # for # against
    5085 2450
Constitutional Amendment 2 # for # against
    5721 1642
Constitutional Amendment 3 # for # against
    4628 2348
Constitutional Amendment 4 # for # against
    4310 2669
Constitutional Amendment 5 # for # against
    4311 2604
Bond Question A # for # against
    5820 1637
Bond Question B # for # against
    5868 1721
Bond Question C # for # against
    5918 1778

 

Board of Adjustment...

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209 Camino de la Merced
Taos,  NM 87571

Francisco Gonzales
PO Box 85
Ranchos De Taos,  NM 87557

 

Peter Adang
PO Box 785
Ranchos De Taos,  NM 87557

 

David Henry
PO Box 488
Taos,  NM 87571

 

David Cruz
PO Box 233
Chamisal,  NM 87521

Useful Information

Any person(s) interested in submitting and/or requesting a bid, please complete and submit the Acknowledgement Form each time you request a bid.

It is the sole responsibility of each individual downloading information via the County’s website to visit the website for any amendments, addendum's or cancellations of bids.

 

Forms

Acknowledgement Form

Vendor Certification

W-9

Gross Receipts Tax Rates

 

Current Bids:  

Forest Thinning: Request For Proposals

Forest Thinning Contractor Services 

Addendum #1 to Forest Thinning Services

Addendum#2 to Forest Thinning Services

 

 

Specifications for Road Construction Materials & Services

Specifications for Road Construction Materials & Services

 

Design & Installation of a Sculpture Taos County Admin & Judicial Complex

RFP 2014-05

Addendum No 1 to RFP 2014-05

Addendum #2 for RFP 2015-01

 

Animal Sheltering and Care Services for Taos County 

RFP 2014-08 

Addendum 1 RFP-2014-08

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