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Julie Morgas Baca was unanimously chosen for Bernalillo County’s top executive job by the Bernalillo County Commission in September 2015.

With her collaborative, forward-thinking leadership style, Bernalillo County continues to grow and initiate programs vital to the needs of residents. As county manager, Julie Morgas Baca has overseen significant progress to provide better services in behavioral health, improved living conditions at the Metropolitan Detention Center, and working in concert with the County Commission, Bernalillo County government continues to invest in the Albuquerque-Bernalillo County business community.

Most recently, the county announced the expansion of the Atrisco Vista Corridor with the addition of an Amazon fulfillment center. This is also the area where FedEX chose to locate a ground transfer facility and down the road Ben E. Keith food distributors is constructing a new facility.

Through Morgas Baca’s guidance, other areas of county government are making progress. The 21-year-old McClendon class action lawsuit over living conditions at the Metropolitan Detention Center has now been settled and fulfilled. Inmates are now housed in a safe and modern facility that creates a rehabilitative environment. Additionally, Morgas Baca led the creation of the county Resource Re-entry Center which provides assistance to newly released inmates to secure housing, employment and other services that help them assimilate into society while reducing the rates of recidivism.

Bernalillo County is progressively leading the way with new and improved mental health, drug treatment and support services in the community. The county has partnered with other governments and nonprofits to take action to build a stronger safety net for people who need help, and better manage tax dollars that fund public safety and behavioral health initiatives.

Morgas Baca is dedicated to open government, transparency and proactive community relations. Under Morgas Baca’s leadership, the county has secured, and is currently renovating the county’s future headquarters at Alvarado Square, providing updated customer-facing technology to better serve constituents in the future.

Her administrative background includes a wealth of experience in public administration, public finance and budgeting, legislative relations, media relations, government employer/employee relations, intergovernmental/community relations and business/community relations.

From 1995 to 2003, Morgas Baca served as fiscal director of the Second Judicial District Court, where she oversaw a $40 million operating budget.

From 2004 to 2011, she worked for Bernalillo County government as deputy county manager for the Community Services Division. She was also president and CEO of the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation 2013-2015.

Morgas Baca holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. Morgas Baca was born in Tooele, Utah, a small town just outside of Salt Lake City. She was raised in El Paso, Texas and has three older brothers. She is married to former Chief District Court Judge Ted Baca and they have a daughter, Celina, who attends the University of New Mexico School of Law.

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    • Please be advised that the Bernalillo County Labor Relations Board will meet on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 10 a.m. In response to the Governor’s declaration of a public health emergency and ban on large public gatherings, this meeting will be conducted through Microsoft Teams. This meeting is open to the public and constituents are encouraged to participate. Dial-In: 1-505-225-7962 Conference ID: 922 697 059#
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      7/7/2020 10:00 AM

    • Notice is hereby given that the Zoning Administrator for Bernalillo County will hold a virtual hearing in the Zoning Conference Room, 111 Union Square St SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102, on Wed., July 8, 2020 at 9 a.m. Due to the State’s Emergency Order, this hearing will be conducted as a public Zoom video conference. Members of the public may attend via the web at this address: https://bit.ly/2CaJ7PT or by calling the following number: +1 669 900 6833 and entering Meeting ID: 876 1511 6912 and Password: 764626 Virtual attendance by all parties is encouraged to protect public health. Physical attendance by applicants or authorized agents is limited to two parties per application. Parties who wish to speak at the hearing must register at the following link: http://www.bernco.gov/boardscommissions/speak-at-a-meeting.aspx
      7/8/2020 9:00 AM

    • Free for adults 50+ every second Thursday of the month! Book club participants collectively select the reading list, and all books and audios are on loan to participants. Call (505) 314-0246 or (505) 288-2507 for more information.
      Paradise Hills Senior Center, 6001 Paradise Hills Blvd. NW
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