Urioste keeps busy in deputy clerk post

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer

Veda Urioste

City of Portales deputy clerk

Urioste is from Portales and has a business certificate from Computer Careers Center, which was in Albuquerque. She has one biological daughter and four adopted children.

Urioste has served as deputy clerk for almost five of her 14 years with the city.

Why did you choose this job? Actually, when I first started with the city, I needed a job, and I had that small business degree. I started here as a community development secretary. Nine months after I started, I became the administrative assistant, and then I was administrative assistant for eight years, and then became the deputy clerk.

What training did you need for this job? As the administrative assistant, I worked a lot with Joan (Martinez-Terry, city clerk). If she ever needed any help, I’d be there to help her out.

What does your job entail? My job entails just a variety of things. I work under Joan. Any time anything needs to be done, it comes through the city clerk if the city manager can’t be found.

We do a lot of notorizing for the community. Just about all the meetings are set up through the clerk’s office.

We work on different programming. Right now, the clerk’s office is helping run the Clean and Beautiful program.

All proclamations are done through the city clerk’s office. (Joan will) bring me the documents, and I’ll set up the files for the bids, proposals, ordinances and any other document needing to be filed.

I fill in a lot here at the water department when they’re shorthanded. So, I’m backup and help the girls with night drops, customers and customer complaints.

It’s endless.

What is a typical day like for you? There are phone calls. If everyone’s here, it depends on what’s going on in the clerk’s office.

Urioste spends a lot of time making packets before city council meetings.

If the city has a youth employment program running, she does paperwork for it and tries to find jobs for those workers. Urioste handles returned checks if she has time and calls in street lights that are out.

What do you enjoy most about this job? What I enjoy most is interacting with the community. I really enjoy helping with the customers’ complaints, making sure we make them all happy.

Compiled by PNT Senior Writer Argen Duncan