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Former chief of staff headed to New Orleans

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Gilbert Montaño, former Mayor Richard Berry’s chief of staff, has taken a position as chief administrative officer for the city of New Orleans.

Gilbert Montaño, Mayor Richard Berry's chief of staff, tells reporters Thursday that a Chicago firm's review found that "when an officer turns on his lapel camera, the original format is maintained.

Gilbert Montaño (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal)

He will serve under the city’s first female mayor, LaToya Cantrell, a Democrat, and he will be the first Hispanic to hold the position, he said Wednesday.

“I felt that the opportunity was so great,” he said. “I’m humbled by the challenge.”

The city proper is smaller than Albuquerque, with about 400,000 people, but along with its surrounding metropolitan area is about 1.3 million people.

Montaño, 36, is an Albuquerque native.

Berry said Wednesday that New Orleans is in good hands.

“I’m excited for Gilbert and Mayor-elect Cantrell,” Berry said. “He proved himself here. … Albuquerque was one of the best-run cities in America for several years in a row, and he was really integral to our administration. Now New Orleans is going to have the benefit of his experience.”

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