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Julie Morgas Baca comes to the Bernalillo County manager position with a strong plan for continuing to increase the public’s trust and confidence in Bernalillo County governance and operations.  

“My priorities are to continue to improve the county’s finances, to decrease the operating costs to run the Metropolitan Detention Center while not compromising the quality of its operations; to implement the county’s role in a mental health system and to continue the good work of the commissioners and county staff to provide efficient, effective and transparent services to improve the lives of our citizens,” she says.  “It is critical that the county continually strive to earn the public’s trust and confidence.”

Morgas Baca, a former Bernalillo County deputy county manager, was unanimously chosen for the county’s top job by the Bernalillo County Commission in September of 2015.

She brings a wealth of experience in public administration, public finance and budget, 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, drafted and analyzed legislative requests and bills and presented before statewide legislative bodies and committees.

From 2004 to 2011, she served as deputy county manager for Community Services, where she was responsible for the long-range planning and coordination of Parks and Recreation, Housing, Building, Planning and Zoning, Environmental Health, Economic Development, Cultural Services, Social Services/non-profit grants and other community services functions.

Most recently, she was President and CEO of the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation, where from 2013 to 2015 she was responsible for the fiscal integrity of the organization. Her job included maintaining annual budgets and financial statements, raising funds and carrying out programs that supported the organization’s mission.

Morgas Baca holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix and received the designation as Fellow of the National Institute of Court Management.

She 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 UNM.

Morgas Baca says she’s happy to be back at Bernalillo County again and says she plans to do her job while being guided by one of her favorite sayings.  

Never forget where you came from, never mistake kindness for weakness and always treat everyone with dignity and respect.”

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