. He is just shy of 19 years of service and can buy up to 20 years of service. So what does this mean?
After 20 years of service, APD officers can retire and get about 70 percent of their pay in an annual pension. A year less, and Sandy would have to wait until he’s 61 to start collecting that money, likely costing him at least a million dollars.
News 13 has also learned Sandy had recently been ordered to sit down with internal affairs investigators. Retiring allows him to avoid that interview.
while speaking at an event that was part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.
Berry said he is pushing for several new initiatives at this year's legislative session to build on recent successes. Changing New Mexico's right-to-work status as well as supporting the Boeing bill could help bring more manufacturing to New Mexico, he said.
Another Democrat from New Mexico got a high profile position in Washington D.C. This time it was
when Congress comes back in January. She is currently the whip of the caucus. She will take over for Ben Ray Luján, the current first vice chair. Luján was rumored to be a candidate for the chairmanship of the CHC, but he was instead a surprise choice to head the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
The fight over whether or not to approve a diversion of the Gila River is
. The staff at the Interstate Stream Commission signed a $500,000 contract in 2012 and then—a month later—went back and retroactively approved the contract. This is part of allegations of the commission not following the Open Meetings Act.
The Public Records Act stipulates how different public documents must be preserved over different periods of time. New Mexico’s Administrative Code says that “transitory” emails do not have to be retained, but it defines them as “information of temporary importance in lieu of oral communication” that are “only required for a limited time.”
Trujillo explains “transitory” emails by giving an example. If she uses her email account to ask one of her colleagues at the office to find her certain information, several email exchanges between the two of them will likely follow. Only the final message of the conversation between them needs to be saved, Trujillo says, because the thread of messages leading up to it will be kept on the last email.
“I have tremendous respect for Kelly Ward,” Luján told CQ Roll Call in a Tuesday interview. “It’s been an honor working with her throughout the years, getting to know her, she reaches out to members, she respects members, and I think she’s incredible. So someone like Kelly, if not Kelly herself is someone that I hope that we would serve.”
Oh, and the Republicans reacted to the choice of Luján:
“In selecting Ben Luján to head the DCCC, Nancy Pelosi has chosen a member of the uber-liberal House Progressive Caucus who has routinely voted for budgets that include amnesty for illegal immigrants, tax rates as high as 49%, and a massive expansion of Obamacare,” Prior said. “This pick will give rise to plenty of awkward moments on the 2016 campaign trail as Democrats in swing states will have to distance themselves from incoming Chairman Luján, the very person tasked with helping them get elected.”
. Balderas, the current state auditor, will take over for Gary King in the Attorney General's office. From a statement in announcing the new site:
“I want to make it clear to New Mexicans that the Attorney General’s Office belongs to them and that it can only function at the highest level with their participation,” said Attorney General-Elect Balderas. “I campaigned on the promises of being the people’s advocate and making New Mexico’s public safety and economic security my top priorities. From day one, I will fulfill those promises as Attorney General, and I am committed to proactively engaging New Mexico’s communities as we work to protect our children and families.”
. The former administrator, Toby Martinez, "pleaded guilty in 2008 to conspiracy and mail fraud in connection with two separate schemes that defrauded the state of $4.3 million by overbilling for architectural fees and construction at the project in Downtown Albuquerque" according to the
. Another name you probably recognize involved was Manny Aragon.
. Udall said it was not appropriate for Congress to be approving a pipeline, saying it was the president's responsibility. Heinrich said approving the pipeline would show that the climate is not a priority.
Politico says it is a preview of what the minority Democrats will look like. Martin Heinrich is quoted:
“Social Security and Medicare, the environment, education. There are going to be lots of opportunities for them to show their true colors,” said Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.).
and all those currently detained there—all families—will be transferred to a new facility south of San Antonio, Texas.
Rep. Steve Pearce responded:
"The Department of Homeland Security's announced closure of the immigration processing center in Artesia fulfills the department's commitment to the local community, the state and the nation," U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., said in a statement. "The Artesia community was called on to play a vital role this summer, providing housing for hundreds of women and children who crossed the southern border."
. The scandal has plagued the Council and included the resignation of the Council's speaker.
Mel R. Begay, who serves on the Navajo Nation Council, faces one count of conspiracy to commit fraud, two counts of making or permitting a false Navajo Nation voucher and six counts of conflict of interest.
In all, Begay is alleged to have misused over $30,000 in tribal funds.
. Who? He played the mayor in Blazing Saddles. He will introduce and do a Q&A at a screening of the classic comedy in Santa Fe on Friday, with proceeds going to the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society.