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Commission Names New Assessor

GIDDINGS: Has worked in assessor’s office before
GIDDINGS: Has worked in assessor’s office before
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Bernalillo County commissioners bypassed internal candidates late Tuesday and agreed unanimously to appoint someone from outside county government to serve as the next assessor – Tanya Giddings, government relations officer for the University of New Mexico.

Giddings, in a letter to the commission, described herself as a “strong non-partisan candidate” for the job. She said she’d bring a collaborative approach to the work.

“I am honored, and I look forward to serving the residents of Bernalillo County,” Giddings told commissioners when they called her to the podium.

In other action
The County Commission:
n Unanimously agreed to appoint Maggie Hart Stebbins, a Democrat, as the commission’s chairwoman for 2013. She succeeds De La Cruz, also a Democrat. Debbie O’Malley will serve as vice chairwoman.
n Accepted introduction of a bond proposal to help development of a 150-unit housing project at 10th and Central, the site of the old Silver Moon Lodge. Final consideration of the measure will come at a future meeting.
n Unanimously approved an economic development grant of $150,000 for Keshet Dance Co., which is working on a business-incubator program to help arts-related companies. About two dozen supporters of the initiative were on hand.
n Welcomed Lonnie Talbert to his first meeting as a commissioner. Talbert, a Republican, replaces Michael Wiener, whom he defeated in the primary election last year.

At UNM, Giddings works on the university’s lobbying efforts and serves as a legislative liaison. She also has worked as a civilian in the Albuquerque Police Department, including a stint managing the unit that handles runaways.

She worked in the assessor’s office at one point.

“This is where I started,” she said.

County Commissioner Art De La Cruz nominated Giddings by saying she “stood out” among the field of 20 or so applicants.

Commissioner Wayne Johnson nominated Christie Humphrey, Sandoval County’s chief deputy assessor and a 2010 candidate for Bernalillo County assessor. But he voted for Giddings when her name was considered first.

She replaces Karen Montoya, who stepped down as assessor after winning election to the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. Giddings will serve the remaining two years of Montoya’s term.

The assessor is in charge of determining the value of local property for tax purposes.
— This article appeared on page C1 of the Albuquerque Journal

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