Ellins to Stay on as Chief Deputy Clerk in Doña Ana County

Doña Ana County, NM - Current Doña Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins will stay on as the Chief Deputy Clerk at the end of his term according to Doña Ana County Clerk-Elect Scott A. Krahling.

Ellins is most widely known as the County Clerk who began issuing same-sex marriage licenses in Doña Ana County, becoming the first county in New Mexico to issue licenses, well before the Supreme Court ruling that made it legal in the U.S.

“I can think of no reason to break up this team, and I’m grateful that he’s willing to stay,” Krahling said. “There is simply no one else more qualified to be my chief deputy than my friend and colleague, Lynn Ellins.”

Ellins is a former Chief Deputy Secretary of State in Colorado who retired to New Mexico and was subsequently elected county clerk for Doña Ana County in 2008. He served two terms.

“People respect Lynn for his integrity, intelligence and institutional knowledge,” Krahling said. “Together, we managed the most successful election in Doña Ana County’s history.  The future of the office remains in competent hands.”

Krahling and other Doña Ana County elected officials whose terms begin Jan. 1 will be sworn in at a Dec. 29 ceremony in the Commission Chambers of the Doña Ana County Government Center, with Chief Third Judicial District Judge Fernando R. Macias administering the oaths of office.

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