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Keller: New team to focus on transparency, accountability

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Mayor Tim Keller has announced a team of employees he says will be tasked with increasing transparency and implementing processes to make city government more responsive.

“Government only works when it is accountable to the people it serves, but historically there have been several gaps in this area at the city,” Keller said in a statement. “We’re working to make our city more open and transparent across all departments by building a team to improve the processes that protect taxpayer dollars and increase transparency to the public.”

New members of Keller’s administration are: Ethan Watson, deputy city clerk for open government; Haley Kadish, city performance and innovation officer; Erin Engelbrecht, community liaison for the Environmental Health Department; and Myra Segal, Family and Community Services senior adviser for outcomes and accountability.

GO LOCAL: Officials are attempting to make it easier for local companies to do business with the city.

Information about upcoming purchasing opportunities is now available on computers in the city’s 22 community centers, eight multi-generational centers and every library. Staff at each center will also be trained to help local businesses sign up as city vendors.

Business owners and other members of the public can see what the city buys at or sign up to receive notices of upcoming bids on opportunities to provide supplies and services at

In July, the administration updated an instruction to require all city departments to get a bid from at least one local company for all purchases under $10,000.

TO THE SKIES: Albuquerque city councilors approved a couple of aviation-related measures during their meeting last week.

Councilors approved a hanger lease agreement with Honeywell International Inc. at Double Eagle II Airport. The agreement includes a two-year initial term and allows for two renewal periods of two years each following the initial term at a cost to Honeywell at $54,217 annually.

Councilors also gave approval to a scheduled airline operating agreement and terminal building lease with Alaska Airlines. The agreement will generate about $1.7 million in revenue to the city annually until 2021.

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