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County Commission Honors Unclaimed/Indigent Burial Program

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County Commission Honors Burial Program Leaders

The Bernalillo County Commission honored members of the county Purchasing Department involved in the Unclaimed/Indigent Cremation Program, which steps in when deceased county residents are unclaimed and are of indigent status and family members have no means to cremate them.

Honored at Tuesday’s meeting were, from left: Lisa Sedillo-White, Purchasing Director; Rachel Maestas, Purchasing; Adrienne Candelaria, Purchasing; Danielle Romero, Purchasing; Ann Yang, Information Technology.

Earlier this year, the program honored 85 people in a special burial ceremony at Evangelico Cemetery. The ceremony was organized by the Unclaimed/Indigent Cremation Program, which provides a dignified repose for those whose loved ones can’t afford to lay them to rest and those for whom the county is unable to locate next of kin.

Last year the county buried 182 unclaimed/indigent residents in a similar ceremony at Evangelico.

Purchasing Director Lisa Sedillo-White and Unclaimed/Indigent Program Coordinators Danielle Romero and Rachel Maestas administer the program and arranged for this year’s service.

Under their direction, Bernalillo County also just launched a new webpage on its BernCo View transparency site which allows the public to search for unclaimed/indigent deceased persons from the county who have been cremated.

In addition, to the ability to search unclaimed deceased persons of Bernalillo County, in-depth information regarding the Unclaimed/Indigent Cremation Program is also available to the public on BernCo View.

Click here for a link to the transparency portal and the list of names. Click here for more information about the program in general.

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