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Commissioner District IV
|Commissioner Fortner grew up in Farmington, New Mexico and graduated from Farmington High School in 1973. He obtained his Bachelors of Arts Degree from the University of New Mexico in 1978, and obtained his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Michigan in 1981. He currently serves as the managing Partner in the Law Firm of FORTNER & CURNUTT, LLC.
Jack Fortner was elected to the San Juan County Commission, District Four, for a term beginning 2012 through 2016. Currently Mr. Fortner serves as Chairman Pro Tem.
Commissioner Fortner previously served on the San Juan County Commission from 1996 to 2000 and from 2000 to 2004. He served as Chairman of the Commission in 1997, 2000 and 2003. He also served as Chairman Pro Tem in 1999 and 2002.
Commissioner Fortner served on the Labor Management Relations Board for the City of Farmington, and was the Chairman of that Committee from 1995 to 1998. Commissioner Fortner also served on the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board from 1994 to 1996 and in 1995 was Secretary of that Board.
Commissioner Fortner is a member of the New Mexico Bar and the San Juan County Bar Association and served as President of the Bar for the term of 1994/1995.
Governor Gary Johnson named Commissioner Fortner to the New Mexico Department of Corrections Transition Team in 1996, and Governor Susanna Martinez named him to the New Mexico Higher Education Transition Team in 2010.
In 1998, Governor Gary Johnson appointed Commissioner Fortner to the University of New Mexico Board of Regents for a term from 1998 to 2004, and in 2004 Governor Bill Richardson re-appointed Commissioner Fortner to the Board of Regents. In 2010, Governor Susanna Martinez re-appointed Commissioner Fortner to a term on the Board of Regents from 2010 to 2016. “Regent” Jack Fortner is the only person in New Mexico to ever be appointed to three consecutive terms, or to be appointed by three Governors to terms on any Board of Regents for the State of New Mexico.
As a member of the Board of Regents of the University of New Mexico, Jack Fortner served as President in 2005, again in 2011, and currently serves as President of the Board for 2012-2013.
Mr. Fortner also served as Vice-President of the Board of Regents of UNM from 2001 to 2004 and again from 2006 to 2010. From 1998 to 2010, he served as Chairman of the Health Sciences Committee of the Board of Regents. He also chaired the very successful Search Committee for the UNM Presidential Search of 2012, which resulted in the hiring of the now President of UNM, Dr. Bob Frank. Mr. Fortner was also a member of the UNM Search Committee for the UNM Athletic Director in 2007 which resulted in the hiring of Paul Krebbs, and a member of the Search Committee for the UNM Football Coach in 2012, which resulted in the hiring of Bob Davy.
Commissioner Fortner also served as the Domestic Relations Hearing Officer for the Eleventh Judicial District Court, San Juan County, New Mexico from February of 2003 through July of 2003, and served as the Alternate Domestic Violence Commissioner from February through December 2010. He also served as the Alternate Farmington Municipal Judge from 1994 to 2009.
Commissioner Fortner is a graduate of Leadership San Juan, a member of the San Juan Rotary Club and has been very involved in his children’s sporting activities, including coaching the summer Piedra Vista Softball Team.
Jack is married to Terri Fortner, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in the firm of Across The Mind, LLC. They have two children - Suzanne, who will be entering Law School in the Fall of 2013 and Krissy, a Senior at Piedra Vista High School who will be entering the University of New Mexico in the Fall of 2013.