Sandoval County Treasurer Selects Two Junior County Treasurers

Treasurer Jennifer Taylor (left) and Chief Deputy Treasurer Jessica McParlin welcome Junior Treasurers Natalia Shiji (second from left) and Daniela (Dani) Villatoro (second from right) to the County as part of its new program for high school students to learn about local government.

Bernalillo, NM, September 19, 2023
Jennifer A. Taylor, Sandoval County Treasurer, has announced that Natalia Shiji from Jemez Valley High School and Daniela (Dani) Villatoro from Rio Rancho High School are the 2023 Junior County Treasurers for Sandoval County. They were selected by the Treasurer’s Evaluation Committee which reviewed several essay applications from County high school students. The announcement was made on Wednesday, September 13, 2023, at a Welcome Reception in the Treasurer’s office. During the reception, the Junior Treasurers were introduced to the Treasurer’s Office Staff and then toured the County Administration Offices.
“We are going to ensure this program is a successful and amazing experience for both of these students.” Treasurer Taylor said. “This is a great opportunity and will give them hands-on experience in local government and public service, as well as provide a public speaking platform. Both candidates will be expected to conduct their own mock Board of Finance meeting later in the year.” Initially, this new pilot program had positions for a junior and a senior in high school to fill the roles of Junior Treasurers. However, as no juniors submitted an essay for consideration, two seniors were selected.