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The County Attorney’s Office provides legal services to the Board of County Commissioners of the County of Bernalillo. The office also represents the interests of other elected or appointed officials when those interests are compatible with those of the Board of County Commissioners. The attorneys employed by the County Attorney’s Office provide service that is competent and dedicated to public service. The attorneys commit themselves to professionalism and to understand and further the needs and goals of the Board of County Commissioners while adhering to the highest standards of ethics and confidentiality. The Compliance Office provides resources necessary to assist county employees and elected officials to make ethical decisions in their work.


  • Rendering of legal opinions
  • Review and approval of documents
  • Drafting of a variety of legal documents including contracts, ordinances, resolutions, county policies and procedures and joint powers agreements
  • Attendance and the provision of legal advice at meetings of the Bernalillo County Commission, Board of Finance, County Planning Commission, Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Government Committee and other public boards
  • The procurement of specialized legal counsel and an internal legal staff
  • Make staff available to advise county commissioners and county administration
  • Prosecute cases involving violations of county ordinances in Metropolitan Court, initiate and defend lawsuits in state and federal trial and appellate courts
  • Educate and train county departments to prevent legal problems
  • Oversee and manage all outside litigation provided through the New Mexico Association of Counties


  • Develop and distribute the Employee Code of Conduct
  • Facilitate legal compliance and guidance/training to county employees, elected officials, or the public, concerning issues related to the Code of Conduct, and ethical decision making
  • Process complaints for alleged violations of the county Code of Conduct, (both formal & informal) to ensure that they are routed to the proper person or body for resolution
  • Provide additional channels for citizens and employees to voice their concerns
  • Facilitate better decisions, and more effective relationships between county government, and the public it serves
  • Provide informal discussions with employees and the public in order to resolve issues before they escalate to a formal complaint
  • Administer Liquor License Hearings
  • Support the Metropolitan Detention Center off site sexual abuse reporting telephone lines under the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

ID Objective Status Accomplished Date


The Compliance Office will train employees countywide in the Code of Conduct by June 30, 2017.   (Estimate of 2500 employees) (Training is on a 2 year cycle - current cycle is 2016 & 2017)



* Converted to Performance Measure

The Matrix is used during the Build Foundation and Developing Framework phases of the performance reporting process. While developing the Matrix the mission, services, projects, and performance measures are reviewed, updated, and/or established for the upcoming cycle. The Meeting Agenda and Industry Research are used during the Analyze & Review phase of the performance reporting process. The Meeting Agenda tracks questions and follow up items addressed during the DCM Performance Meetings, while the Industry Research is reviewed for industry trends and benchmarking opportunities.   

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