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Commissioner James Duffey honored for service by NMAC

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James Duffey, center, receives the Glass Flame Award from the New Mexico Association of Governments as he leaves its Board of Directors. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

The New Mexico Association of Counties (NMAC) Board of Directors honored Chaves County Commissioner James Duffey with the Glass Flame Award during the 81st annual conference in Taos on June 22.

The Glass Flame Award is given in recognition of members’ outstanding leadership and dedication to NMAC and the people of New Mexico.
James Duffey, who is departing NMAC’s Board of Directors, received the award for his years of service to NMAC and the 33 counties it serves. Duffey had served on the NMAC Board of Directors since 2011.
“Commissioner Duffey was a critically important member of the NMAC board of directors. He asked the difficult questions, was very actively engaged and was always vigilant in how funds were utilized,” said Steve Kopelman, NMAC executive director. “He was extremely influential in helping NMAC establish statewide policy initiatives. In addition to serving on the board, Commissioner Duffey was also a member of the executive committee and was chair of the Public Lands and Natural Resources Policy Committee. He will be missed.”
Founded in 1936 and incorporated in 1968, NMAC is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization governed by county elected officials and employees. It provides counties with legislative representation, research, training and assistance in improving the administration and financing of government. It also offers counties workers’ compensation insurance and property, casualty and liability insurance.