Public Records

Pursuant to the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA), every person has the right to inspect the public records of Socorro County. The Socorro County Board of County Commissioners is committed to compliance with the Act and via resolution, the Board has designated the County Manager as the County's custodian of public records. This resolution is renewed each year and can be found in the year's resolution file (it is typically resolution #11). Additionally, the Socorro County Clerk is the official keeper of all recorded records for the County

You can find a downloadable copy of Socorro County's Public Records Request Form under the Manager's Forms Page. That form will list all fees related to fulfilling IPRA requests. For more detail regarding research and clerk's recording fees, please visit the Socorro County Clerk's Office page.

Using the Form, a person desiring to inspect public records may submit a request to the County Manager's Office orally or in writing. However, the procedures and penalties prescribed by the Act apply only to written requests. A written request must contain the name, address, e-mail address and telephone number of the person making the request and may be submitted via the form identified above. The request must describe the records sought in sufficient detail to enable the records custodian to identify and locate the requested records.

The records custodian must permit inspection immediately or as soon as practicable, but no later than fifteen (15) calendar days after the records custodian receives the inspection request. If inspection is not permitted within three (3) business days, the person making the request will receive a written response explaining when the records will be available for inspection or when the public body will respond to the request. If any of the records sought are not available for public inspection, the person making the request is entitled to a written response from the records custodian explaining the reasons inspection has been denied. The written denial shall be delivered or mailed within fifteen (15) calendar days after the records custodian received the request for inspection.

If a custodian determines that a written request is excessively burdensome or broad, an additional reasonable period of time shall be allowed to comply with the request. The custodian shall provide written notification to the requester within fifteen days of receipt of the request that additional time will be needed to respond to the written request.

If a person requesting inspection would like a copy of a public record, a reasonable fee may be charged and the fee schedule is listed on the form. Socorro County will request that applicable fees for copying public records and postage be paid in advance, before the copies are made. A receipt indicating that the fees have been paid for making copies of public records will be provided upon request to the person requesting the copies.

The most frequently requested documents are related to Board Business. Please note the following links:
Michael A. Hawkes,
Apr 5, 2017, 10:13 AM