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The County Attorney’s Office provides legal services to the Board of County Commissioners. 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 Compliance Office provides resources necessary to assist county employees and elected officials to make ethical decisions in their work.


  • 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)


  • Render legal opinions.
  • Review and approve documents.
  • Assist in the drafting and implementation of county policies and procedures.
  • Draft a variety of legal documents including contracts, ordinances, resolutions and joint powers agreements.
  • Attend and provide legal advice at Bernalillo County Board of Commissioners, Board of Finance, and Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Governance Council meetings.
  • Make staff available to advise county commissioners and county administration.
  • Prosecute cases involving violations of county ordinances in Metropolitan Court.
  • Educate and train county departments to prevent legal problems.
  • Initiate and defend lawsuits in state and federal trial and appellate courts.
  • Oversee and manage all outside litigation provided through the New Mexico Association of Counties.?

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.   


The legend below illustrates the alignment to the Strategic Plan Goals across the objectives and performances measures per department.

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