City Coun­cil con­sid­er­ing three can­di­dates for in­spec­tor gen­eral

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Nearly six months af­ter Al­bu­querque lost its top in­ter­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tor, the City Coun­cil is ex­pected to pick his re­place­ment. The can­di­dates for new in­spec­tor gen­eral in­clude a one­time Al­bu­querque Po­lice Depart­ment de­tec­tive, the for­mer in­spec­tor gen­eral for Los An­ge­les pub­lic schools and a Bronze Star re­cip­i­ent who once served as com­man­der of the Air Force In­spec­tion Agency.

The in­spec­tor gen­eral runs an in­de­pen­dent city gov­ern­ment of­fice and re­ports to the Ac­count­abil­ity in Gov­ern­ment Over­sight Com­mit­tee. The in­spec­tor gen­eral con­ducts im­par­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tions and aims to “pre­vent and de­tect fraud, waste and abuse in city ac­tiv­i­ties” and “de­ter crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity,” ac­cord­ing to city or­di­nance.

David T. Harper left the po­si­tion last sum­mer for a dif­fer­ent job in Florida.

The AGO com­mit­tee in­ter­views ap­pli­cants and makes three ranked rec­om­men­da­tions to City Coun­cil, which makes the fi­nal se­lec­tion. The can­di­dates are:

Vickie Du­ran, the au­dit and com­pli­ance direc­tor at the Downs at Al­bu­querque Race­track and Casino. She pre­vi­ously worked for APD from 1985-1999, much of it as a de­tec­tive, and later as en­force­ment divi­sion direc­tor for the New Mex­ico Gam­ing Con­trol Board.

Richard Alan Coe, a Bronze Star re­cip­i­ent who presently runs his own Cor­rales-based man­age­ment con­sult­ing firm. Coe was pre­vi­ously in­spec­tor gen­eral/direc­tor at the U.S. Air Force’s Air Com­bat Com­mand and com­man­der of the Air Force In­spec­tion Agency.

Ken­neth E. Bram­lett, who spent the past five years as in­spec­tor gen­eral at the Los An­ge­les Uni­fied School District. He was pre­vi­ously the in­spec­tor gen­eral for the Geor­gia Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health.

The City Coun­cil was sched­uled to pick the in­spec­tor gen­eral last week but voted 5-4 to de­fer un­til the next meet­ing, with sev­eral coun­cilors say­ing they wanted more time to con­sider the can­di­dates.

PAY TO SPRAY: Want to hold your next com­pany pic­nic at the Man­zano Mesa Spray Park? That will cost $100 per hour.

The Al­bu­querque City Coun­cil last week ap­proved a new, stan­dard­ized rental fee struc­ture for city-owned fa­cil­i­ties like com­mu­nity and senior cen­ters.

Some uses will re­main free: There’s no charge for one-time events that are free and open to the pub­lic and hosted by gov­ern­ment en­ti­ties, Al­bu­querque Pub­lic Schools and in­di­vid­u­als. But even gov­ern­men­tal agen­cies will pay $7.50 per room per hour if their one-time event is pri­vate.

Re­cur­ring events that charge par­tic­i­pants will pay $10-$15 per hour to rent space.

Large-scale, pri­vate, one-time events hosted by in­di­vid­u­als or for-profit com­pa­nies pay $40-$60 per hour, ex­cept the Man­zano Mesa Spray Park, which has its own price tag of $100 per hour.

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