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County Clerk's Office will change schedules
Four-day-a-week slate designed to save county money
AZTEC — Starting Feb. 5, the San Juan County Clerk's Office will be closed on Fridays.
County Clerk Tanya Shelby gave three reasons for the change when she addressed the County Commission on Tuesday. Because the other county offices that operate out of the administration building are closed on Fridays, Shelby said it creates safety concerns for employees, as well as public confusion. She said closing the clerk's office also will help save money on utilities.
Over three fiscal years since the county switched to working Mondays through Thursdays, the county has saved more than $732,000 in utility expenses, according to County Operations Officer Mike Stark.
The office will be open longer Mondays through Thursdays, and its schedule will now coincide with other county offices located within the administrative building. The other offices currently work a 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. schedule Monday through Thursday.
When the other offices switched to have Friday off, the clerk's office remained open due to concerns from title companies that need to have documents recorded on Fridays.
Stark said Shelby has brought in new technology that allows the documents to be recorded remotely. Shelby said one employee works remotely on Friday to record the documents. The new technology has been in place for four months, and Shelby said it has worked well.
Shelby said the Feb. 5 start date will allow the clerk's office to be open for early voting before the Farmington schools election in February.
The office will remain open on Fridays during early voting.
People who want last-minute marriage licenses will still be able to get them. Shelby said she has received calls from people at 2 a.m. wanting to get last-minute marriage licenses, and the clerk's office processes those requests as they come.
Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.