City Council considering three candidates for inspector general
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.