About Laura M. Montoya

Laura M. Montoya was elected Sandoval County Treasurer in 2012. She has been a public servant for more than 18 years, having worked in several capacities in both the New Mexico House of Representatives and the New Mexico Senate, Human Services, Children, Youth & Families, and the State Treasurer’s Office.

Montoya got her start in government in 2001, working for a ranking member of the Senate Finance committee. Following that, Montoya worked as a Constituent Services Representative for U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman. At that time, she was the youngest Hispanic woman working in that capacity in the United States, managing five counties in Northern New Mexico.

Most relevant to the position of County Treasurer, Montoya served as the Executive Assistant to State Treasurer Douglas M. Brown. In this role, Montoya reviewed and updated the policies in the Treasurer’s office to the state standards.

She also worked with the Treasurer’s investment committee and worked directly with tribal government personnel, processing the receipt of revenues from the tribal gaming compacts. Part of her responsibility was to streamline the processes of the Treasurer’s Office. Montoya played a key role in assisting with the transition from Treasurer Douglas M. Brown to Treasurer James B. Lewis.

Montoya began her term as Sandoval County Treasurer assisting with the passage of two pieces of legislation. Montoya has served as the Legislative Chairwoman for the Treasurer’s Affiliate serving under the direction of two different Affiliate Chairs. In the past six years of her administration, Treasurer Montoya has assisted in the passage of 16 bills. Legislation has included removing tax loop holes which has saved the counties millions of dollars; assisted our Seniors and Disabled with a more efficient manner to keep their value freeze; allowed for taxpayers to “opt in” to electronic tax bills which assists in the county to be more cost effective; four bills which have helped our Veterans in several different capacities; defined “abandoned delinquent property” with the approval for Property Tax Division to allow a “Right-of-First-Offer” to Pueblos and Land Grants and on-line sales auction; and several other bills that have helped with permissible investment expansion and notification to Treasurers of Property Improvement Districts (PID’s) and Tax Incremental Development Districts (TIDD’s). (review “accomplishments” for detail on all legislation)

Montoya’s philosophy is, “As a community we will grow, as a team we will progress.”

Her goals for the Treasurer’s Office are to provide high-quality customer service; broaden accessibility; efficiency, transparency and accountability; continue profitable investments; and provide a positive, team-oriented work environment. 

Montoya takes special pride in the Treasurer’s Outreach Program that she developed in 2014 which is in collaboration with the Community Services Department. The Treasurer’s office goes to different parts of Sandoval County to meet taxpayers in their senior, community and recreation centers to assist with questions and take property tax payments during first-half and second-half tax season. This program allows for taxpayers to feel comfortable in their own environment and be made aware of exemptions and the value-freeze that may be available to them.

Treasurer Montoya serves on the New Mexico Tax Policy Committee; is the Vice-Chair of the National Association of Counties (NACo) Finance, Pension and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee (FPIGA) under the appointment of five NACo Presidents; has served four terms as the Chair of Next Generation which is a network through NACo for young elected official; is the Chair for the Sandoval Treasurer’s Investment Committee (STIC); and teaches New Mexico EDGE courses for county elected officials and employees.

Treasurer Montoya has been on several panels at the National level but the one dearest to her heart is being a part of the Tax Policy Panel that occurred in New Mexico (2018) with former Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Ben Ray Lujan.

Laura was born and raised in Las Vegas, New Mexico, where she graduated from Robertson High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Psychology from New Mexico Highlands University, and later earned a master’s degree in Public Affairs. She was a 2003 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and studied International Relations at the University of Costa Rica.

She dedicates much of her free time to working with programs for children, at-risk youth and families of incarcerated individuals. She has a special affinity for the Corrales Safe Routes to Schools Program, which developed a nationally recognized program at Corrales Elementary and Cottonwood Montessori Schools that focuses on building healthier communities through exercise, health and strong community relationships.