ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Brand new city-county Water Utility Authority board chair Trudy Jones said today her main goal is to keep politics out of water authority decisions.
She said the political decisions should be left up to the city and county governments and the water authority should just be a normal utility.
“We should govern it as such,” Jones said.
The issue has come up often in the past two years, with some former water board members advocating building code, water use and growth policies being administered through the water authority. Other members, like Jones, have argued the proper forum for those decisions should be left to an elected body. Water authority board members are not elected specifically for the board, but rather appointed from elected posts as county commissioners, city councilors and the mayor’s office.
Jones is the only remaining board member from last year’s group.