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In Brief - News - Aug. 2, 2013

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Optic Staff and Wire
 

Melton finishes banking school

Mike Melton, regional president of Southwest Capital Bank, recently completed his final year of The University of Colorado’s school for top banking leaders.
The Graduate School of Banking at Colorado is often regarded as “America’s Premier Community Banking School.” Founded in 1950, the school of banking is designed to educate senior bank executives on the management of community bank sized financial institutions.
The program offers a rigorous combination of on-campus courses and intersession assignments designed to challenge  experienced banking professionals. The graduation ceremony was held on July 25, on the University of Colorado at Boulder campus.

Howell receives certification
Las Vegas Councilor Vince Howell has received the Certified Municipal Official designation from the Municipal Officials Leadership Institute sponsored by the New Mexico Municipal League. He will receive the official designation at the New Mexico Municipal League’s 56th Annual Conference Aug. 28 in Taos.
The Institute was founded in 2003 to give New Mexico municipal officials the knowledge and tools necessary to provide effective and ethical leadership to the citizens of their communities.
Participants must complete three programs of instruction: Education Program consists of two basic education sessions plus electives; Governance Program focuses on necessary traits for effective leaders; and, the Leadership Program is a course of self-directed electives. Certification can only be obtained after satisfying the Institute’s required curricula.

Crime lab wants victims’ prints
New Mexico’s state crime lab now requires law enforcement agencies to submit fingerprints for victims of non-violent crimes along with unidentified prints from property crime scenes.
Bureau Chief Noreen Purcell says the lab won’t accept unknown prints unaccompanied by victims’ prints in cases such as burglary, stolen property and illegal possession of a firearm.
Purcell says early elimination of victims’ prints will speed processing of cases and help clear a 300-case backlog.