Q&A: Treasurer candidate Tim Eichenberg
- NAME: Tim Eichenberg
- POLITICAL PARTY: Democratic
- OCCUPATION: New Mexico State Treasurer
- CITY OF RESIDENCE: Albuquerque
- RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: New Mexico State Treasurer, Jan. 1, 2015- present; New Mexico State Senator, Jan. 1, 2009-Jan., 2013; New Mexico State Property Director, appointed Jan., 2004—Oct. 2007; AMAFCA Board, elected in 1994—2000-2006—2012 (4 terms); Bernalillo County Treasurer, Jan., 1975 through Dec. 1978 (2 terms)
- Education: Graduated University of New Mexico 1989 BA; Manzano High School — Albuquerque; Monroe Junior High School — Albuquerque; Assumption and Inez Elementary School — Albuquerque. GB 98 (General Contractors License); New Mexico Real Estate Broker
- CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: timeichenberg.com
What would be your top priorities as state treasurer?
Safety, liquidity and yield for New Mexico’s funds. I will continue to use my positions on the 14 boards and commissions the treasurer serves such as the Board of Finance, SIC, PERA and ERB to promote solvency, transparency and economic benefit to the citizens of New Mexico.
As a voting member of the State Investment Council, would you support or oppose taking more money from the state’s Land Grant Permanent Fund to increase funding for early childhood programs?
We need to invest in ourselves. The permanent fund cannot be tapped further until a constitutional amendment has been passed by the legislature and approved by the voters. We have the third largest permanent fund in the nation and we are last in almost every quality of life standard.
How would you go about trying to improve enforcement of the state’s 2015 law that banned civil asset forfeiture?
I will continue to work the law enforcement and the legislature to develop a forfeiture statute that works. During the 2019 legislative session, I will have legislation introduced to improve the current statute and will request funding for execution.
How would you seek to avoid future cash reconciliation problems and ensure the state’s checkbook remains balanced?
The State Treasurer’s Office has always known, to the penny, what funds are in our possession. We will continue to work with the Office of the State Auditor to improve the Department of Finance and Administration’s procedures and processes to ensure proper oversight remains in place.
Have you or your business, if you are a business owner, ever been the subject of any state or federal tax liens?
Have you ever been involved in a personal or business bankruptcy proceeding?
Have you ever been arrested for, charged with, or convicted of drunken driving, any misdemeanor or any felony in New Mexico or any other state? If so, explain.
Yes, for transporting a family heirloom (my father’s World War 2 pistol) in carry-on baggage at an airport in Austin, Texas in the mid-1990’s. No charges were ever pursued.