Introducing more secrecy to the process of hiring high-level government jobs wasn’t a good idea eight months ago, and it’s not a good idea now.
But that doesn’t seem to have sunk in with the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education or with New Mexico Sen. Bill Tallman, joint backers of a renewed push to allow government agencies to withhold the names of all but three finalists for top jobs, including school district superintendents.
According to a Nov. 21 story by Journal reporter Shelby Perea, the APS board wants a do-over of Senate Bill 259, which died this spring (and to which the Journal Editorial Board objected). Tallman, an Albuquerque Democrat, sponsored that effort, and has said he plans to file similar legislation for the truncated 2020 legislative session.
APS and Tallman aren’t alone in their stance. The argument exists that qualified professionals from across the country may not be so willing to throw their hats into the proverbial ring if they know current employers might get wind of it through media reports. Public agencies – the reasoning goes – lose out on many qualified applicants because of that.