Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners 

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NMSA 4-38-1


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.

  • Serves as the County Canvassing Board (for elections), Board of Finance (for county funds) and Zoning Board (for zoning approvals, hearings and appeals).
  • 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.

Current Membership

Representing Name 
District 1  Debbie O'Malley
District 2 Steven Michael Quezada - Vice Chair
District 3 Adriann Barboa
District 4 Walt Benson
District 5 Charlene Pyskoty - Chair


Julie Anne Baca, Commission Administrator, (505) 468-7083


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Board of County Commissioners News

Public/Private Partnership Options

8:39 AM

Bernalillo County is considering researching public-private partnerships as an option in its pursuit of a building facility that will consolidate its downtown offices and services. Two downtown buildings, Alvarado Square and the Galeria, have been evaluated and are also under consideration.

A public–private partnership (PPP or P3) is a joint government and private business venture that is funded and operated through a partnership of government and one or more private sector companies.

In the case of a P3 building or construction project, the project would generally be the construction and operation of a facility by the private business or businesses that a government agency would then lease or purchase.

The advantages of such a project are: the risks of the project are shared, the public agency might not have to issue bonds or debt finance the project, and the overall construction is typically faster and less expensive than a public sector only project. 

These partnerships have been used in many states and countries. In New Mexico, P3 is currently not allowed under the state procurement code. Unless the statute changes, the county may need to obtain home rule status or partner with the City of Albuquerque to undertake a P3. This would have to be evaluated along with other aspects of any proposed project.

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