Authorities research proposed in Albuquerque Metropolis Council
ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – Does the Mayor of Albuquerque have too much power? Some councilors are pushing for a study to see if the city would be better off removing some of the responsibility from the mayor. At the moment the mayor is hiring all those responsible for the day-to-day business of the city administration.
If the law is passed, the city will conduct a study that will re-evaluate this system to see if a city council-appointed city manager is doing so. “Could we be more efficient and maybe get more for our public dollars than we are now,” said Councilor Diane Gibson, one of the bill’s sponsors.
The current form of government Mayor Council was created in 1974, which gives the mayor responsibility for the day-to-day business of the city and employs his own department heads and deputy directors.
If the study is approved, it will examine other cities operating under a municipal government and municipal government government. Rather than political appointments to key positions, the proposal says that the government could be run under a different system of staff, recruited solely on the basis of their qualifications and remaining in office with a new mayor.
“This could examine how efficient other cities are and what they found in switching from one form of government to another,” Gibson said.
The decision was presented to the city council on Monday. There is now a hearing of the finance and government committee next week. If the council finally approves it, an Albuquerque economist would conduct the study. Nothing is known about the study costs yet. The mayor’s office said it would not comment on a proposal at such an early stage.