Bernalillo County offers a broad range of public services from excellent parks to economic development to more than 642,000 people in New Mexico’s most populous county. Located in central New Mexico, Bernalillo County is home to Albuquerque and serves as a major economic and cultural crossroads in the American Southwest.
The county consists of an area of nearly 1200 square miles.
Bernalillo County offers outstanding Open Space properties, business incentives and historic cultural connections to serve its citizens and visitors from all over the world.
Bernalillo County is represented by five Commissioners and five elected officials. County Commissioners are elected by districts. The Assessor, Clerk, Probate Judge, Sheriff and Treasurer are elected countywide. A County Manager oversees 25 other departments that range from Animal Regulation to Zoning.
The Office of the Bernalillo County Manager and many county administrative offices are located at One Civic Plaza, NW Albuquerque, NM 87102. For questions about any department, please call the manager’s office at (505) 468-7000 or email email@example.com. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Public Works Division maintains over 700 miles of roads, trails, thoroughfares and storm sewers. The Community Services Division includes Parks and Recreation, Environmental Health, Housing as well as Building, Planning and Zoning. Public Safety functions include Fire and Rescue, adult and juvenile detention centers, and emergency communications. Budget, Finance and Administrative responsibilities include a variety of internal operations such as building maintenance, human resources, fleet management, and information technology.
Bernalillo County has a Commission/Manager form of government which delegates most of the day-to-day administrative matters to the County Manager. Bernalillo County employs more than 2,425 people with an annual operating budget of more than $229 million.
Bernalillo County History and Structure
The division of counties in New Mexico can be traced back to the time of Mexican rule. The first subdivison of the New Mexico Territory was made in 1837 when two "partidos" -- districts -- were created. In 1844, New Mexico was re-divided into three districts. Eventually these districts were further subdivided into areas that include similar boundaries of today's counties. One interesting note -- the first Bernalillo County boundaries were much larger than today's.
The New Mexico Constitution, written when the state entered the Union in 1912, vested the law-making power of the state in the legislature. Bernalillo County derives its authority from the State Constitution.
All counties are subject to the will of the legislature, modified only by the state constitution, the courts, and the legislative process.