The Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners consists of five elected members who are each limited to two, four-year terms. Each commissioner represents one of the county’s five districts. Commissioners are responsible to voters; however their duties are defined and controlled by state law.
Current commissioners are: Debbie O'Malley (Commission Vice Chair, District 1); Art De La Cruz (District 2); Maggie Hart Stebbins (Commission Chair, District 3); Lonnie C. Talbert (District 4); and Wayne A. Johnson (District 5).
The mission of Bernalillo County is to be an effective steward of county resources and a partner in building a high quality of life for county residents, communities and businesses.
To see the Bernalillo County Strategic Plan, please click here.
Services (What We Do):
- Serves as the County Canvassing Board (for elections) and the Board of Finance (for county funds).
- Has final authority for county government budget.
- Affirm property tax rates and has the power to levy special taxes (gross receipts, hospital tax, road levies, gasoline tax, liquor excise tax, and other).
- Issues general obligation bonds after voter approval.
- Determines county appropriations and expenditures.
- Passes ordinances and resolutions (local laws).
- Develops joint projects and agreements with other government entities.
- Makes appointments to various boards and commissions.
- Creates fire districts and levies fire protection tax.
- Establishes zoning and business regulations.
The legislative and adminstrative powers and responsibilities of the Board of County Commissioners are set forth in Article 38 of the New Mexico State Statutes (NMSA 4-38-1).
The Board of County Commissioners hold public meetings twice monthly. Administrative matters are heard on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month and zoning cases are hear the fourth Tuesday of each month. Special meetings, public hearings and community foruns are scheduled as issues arise.
County Commission Maps (precincts)
2013 Committee Assignments
County Commission Honors Quilters
The Bernalillo County Commission honored the Jemez Mountains Bear Paw Quilt Guild at its Nov. 13 commission meeting.
This small group of approximately 20 quilters created the quilts especially for the Fire Chief of the Prescott (AZ) Fire Department; as well as the only survivor of the 20 person Granite Mountain Hot Shots Crew and the family members of the firefighters who lost their lives on June 30 while battling the 2,000 Yarnell Hill Fire south of Prescott.
This same crew had also fought last summer’s fires in Jemez and Las Conchas, where most of the quilters reside.
Public Works Program Wins Acclaim
The Bernalillo County Board of County Commissioners acknowledged the Public Works Division Floodplain Management Program at its Nov. 13 meeting for acting in a way that will save money for flood insurance policy holders in Bernalillo County.
The Community Rating System is a voluntary incentive program within the National Flood Insurance Program that recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities that exceed their minimum requirements.
Programs implemented by the Public Works Division Floodplain Management Program that exceed the minimum requirements include: Making flood risk information easily available to the public through the Floodplain Administrator’s office and on the Bernalillo County website; Implementation of an annual outreach program to lenders, real estate agents and surveyors about the information available to them and where to find it; And the implementation of stricter floodplain development standards.
As a result of these additional programs, Bernalillo County has become a Class 8 community in the Community Rating System.
The benefit of this Class 8 rating is a 10 % discount on insurance premiums for flood insurance policy holders located within a flood zone.
Policy holders that are not within a flood zone will receive a 5% discount on their insurance premiums.