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Debbie O'Malley brings more than twenty years of strong, effective public service to the position of commissioner for District 1

Debbie O'Malley​- first as a neighborhood leader, actively working for redevelopment of her historic, working-class community; to nine years as an Albuquerque City Councilor, focusing on public safety, workforce housing and neighborhood planning and revitalization.

She was elected Chair of the Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners for a one-year term on Jan. 7, 2014.

As founder and first executive director of the Sawmill Community Land Trust, Debbie spearheaded the planning and development of Arbolera de Vida, a multi-million dollar, award-winning, nationally acclaimed revitalization project in the Sawmill/Old Town neighborhood.

Debbie has served as Albuquerque City Council President and Vice President, and is currently the Chair of the Middle Rio Grande Council of Governments. An Albuquerque native, she has lived the economic challenges facing working families.

Debbie and her husband of 38 years, Mike, are the proud parents of two daughters, April and Kristy, and three grandchildren, Evan, Aiden and Hope.

Record of Leadership

Chair, Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners, 2014
Albuquerque City Councilor, 2003-2013
Vice-President, City Council, 2012
Chair, Mid-Region Council of Governments, 2011-2013
Chair, Metropolitan Transportation Board, MRCOG, 2009-2010
Chair, City Council Land Use and Zoning Committee, 2006, 2009
Vice-President, Albuquerque City Council, 2008
President, Albuquerque City Council, 2007
Vice-Chair, Metropolitan Transportation Board, MRCOG, 2006-2007
Chair, City Council Committee of the Whole, 2004, 2005
Associate Director, Sawmill Community Land Trust, 2004
Executive Director, Sawmill Community Land Trust, 1998-2003
​Project Director, Sawmill Advisory Council/Development Corporation, 1995-1998

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  • Community meeting to discuss a public safety memorial being constructed on Public School Road across from the McGrane Public Safety Complex. The community meeting will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. at the McGrane Public Safety Complex, 48 Public School Road, Tijeras, N.M. Project consultants will present design concepts and drawings detailing the construction of the public safety memorial. The meeting will provide opportunity for the public to offer feedback on this memorial design.
    McGrane Public Safety Complex, 48 Public School Road, Tijeras, N.M.

  • Two memorials will be dedicated to Bernalillo County and City of Albuquerque public safety officers who have fallen in the line of duty, including those from the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department, the Albuquerque Police Department, the Bernalillo County Fire Department, the Albuquerque Fire Department, and Bernalillo County Emergency Medical Services.
    North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center, 7521 Carmel Ave. NE

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