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What do we do?


  • 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)
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