Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Clerk's Office Changes Tune.

Byline: Carolyn Appelman Journal Staff Writer

* Victoria Dunlap works to modernize with help from her 18-year-old deputy

A change in attitude.

That is what newly elected Sandoval County Clerk Victoria Dunlap says is the most important change in the clerk's office since she took over nearly a month ago.

"We have heard from a number of other people who have told us that they can see a change in the attitude in this office," Dunlap said Tuesday. "Nobody has quit; nobody has been fired. Now that they have met us, the staff is relaxed and they are here because they want to be here."

Republican Dunlap beat Democrat Eileen Garbagni in the November election. Garbagni was deputy under longtime clerk Sally Padilla, who could not run for re-election because of term limits.

Dunlap's appointment of Travis Long, 18, as deputy clerk raised more than a few eyebrows. The position pays $33,000 annually. …

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