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    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.

    Mission Statement 

    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 Bernalillo County's 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.

    Enacting Legislation

    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.

    A new study reflects an increased citizen awareness of Bernalillo County's programs and services, as well as elevated levels of resident satisfaction with the county's customer service, as compared with a similar study conducted one year ago. Currently, 45 percent of county residents say they are satisfied with the overall quality of county service. Improvement regarding the overall courtesy and level of knowledge among county employees was also noted. The biggest change was seen in increased awareness of the difference between county and city recreation areas and facilities, and in more positive ratings allocated to county programs for children and teens. Click here to see the study.


    One Civic Plaza NW
    Albuquerque, NM 87102


    (505) 468-7000


    Monday - Friday 
    8 a.m. - 5 p.m.





    Email a Commissioner

    Email them all at once here; or click and paste this email into your email system: commission@bernco.gov. 

    James Collie

    James Collie
    District 3

    Lonnie Talbert

    Lonnie C. Talbert
    District 4 

    Steven Michael Quezada
    District 2 

    Bernalillo County Shield

    Charlene E. Pyskoty
    District 5 

    Debbie O Malley

    Debbie O'Malley
    District 1 - Vice Chair

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