Doña Ana County

County Clerk

Scott A. Krahling

Dept Head Title: 
County Clerk
Department Head: 
Scott A. Krahling
845 N Motel Blvd
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88007
Phone: 
(575) 647-7421
Fax: 
(575) 525-6159
TDD: 
(575) 525-5951
Phone: (575) 647-7421
Fax: (575) 525-6159
TDD: (575) 525-5951

County Clerk

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Scott Krahling is the newly elected Doña Ana County Clerk. He believes that engaging people and working together is at the center of success. His vision is to create a voting culture in Doña Ana where everyone votes in every election. He values public service, and has served people in our county since 2009, when he was elected County Commissioner for District 4.

In 2013, Krahling began working at the County Clerk’s Office as the Bureau of Elections Supervisor, and later, was promoted to Chief Deputy County Clerk. He has administered over 22 elections with trustworthy results. In addition, he developed an outreach program that resulted in registering over 1,000 new voters in the county, and increased opportunities to vote with other innovative ideas. He also developed the Election Advisory Council, which brings community partners together with a mission to increase voting in Doña Ana County. Finally, Clerk Krahling has implemented a professional development strategy to ensure that his office is customer focused.

Clerk Krahling is also a proud Aggie. He graduated from New Mexico State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a double major in Government and Journalism and Mass Communications. He is proud to call Las Cruces his home, where he lives with his family.

As County Clerk, Krahling is committed to providing our county with excellent service by building community partnerships so that government and people work together towards success.

NOTICE: Documents recorded in the office of the County Clerk are Public Records, subject to inspection and disclosure.

The Office of the County Clerk keeps records such as resolutions, ordinances, deeds and marriage licenses. The office also issues several types of permits and licenses, such as permits for parties, licenses for liquor establishments, etc.

The Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office also receives nominations and petitions related to elections. In addition, the office supervises and prepares ballots and voting machines and trains poll workers. The clerk's office also supports the Office of the Probate Judge in handling informal proceedings.

 

Clerk's Duties

The duties of the county clerk are established in the New Mexico Constitution and fall under four main areas:

  1. Recorder of the county, on behalf of the Board of County Commissioners.
  2. Chief election officer responsible for the administration of elections in the county.
  3. Clerk of the Probate Court in handling informal proceedings only.
  4. Miscellaneous duties such as those of notary public, administration of oaths, certification of acknowledgments, declarations, instruments and protests.

Matters pertaining to elections in Doña Ana County are handled by the Bureau of Elections, which is a subsidiary office of the clerk's office.

The county clerk is responsible for keeping records, resolutions and ordinances adopted by the Board of County Commissioners. The county clerk serves as secretary to the commission and performs the following functions:

  • Records in a book all proceedings of the board; makes regular entries of all resolutions and decisions in all questions concerning the raising of money; and records the vote of each commissioner on any question submitted to the board if requested by any member.
  • Signs all orders issued by the board for the payment of money, records the action and records the receipts of the county treasurer that show the income and expenditures of the county.
  • Preserves and files all accounts acted upon by the commission, noting the board's action and performing such special duties as required by law.
  • Maintains files of all newspapers published within the county.
  • Issues marriage licenses and other permits and licenses.
  • Receives nominations and petitions, registers voters, and supervises the preparation of election ballots.
  • Serves as clerk to the local court if state law does not provide for such an official.

Clerk's Notice to the Public

CLERKS WILL NOT CONDUCT SEARCHES (THEY CAN PROVIDE A LIST OF LOCAL ABSTRACT AND TITLE COMPANIES UPON REQUEST).

CLERKS CANNOT GIVE LEGAL ADVICE ON WHETHER THE DOCUMENTS YOU WANT RECORDED ARE CORRECT, COMPLETE OR LEGALLY SUFFICIENT FOR YOUR PURPOSES (PLEASE SEE AN ATTORNEY).

THE CLERKS WILL ASSIST YOU IN ANY OTHER WAY POSSIBLE. WE ARE HERE TO RECORD AND FILE YOUR DOCUMENTS AS PUBLIC RECORD AND MAINTAIN THEM FOR YOUR FUTURE USE.