Q&A: Bernalillo County Commission District 4 Candidate Tina Tomlin
- Name: Tina M Tomlin
- POLITICAL PARTY: Republican
- PLACE OF RESIDENCE: Albuquerque
- AGE: 49
- EDUCATION: Master of Business Administration degree in Human Resources, College of Santa Fe, 2003; Bachelor’s degree in Business, College of Santa Fe, 2000
- OCCUPATION: Director, Bernalillo County 2012-current; Special Education Teacher, Albuquerque Public Schools, 2011; various positions, Cardinal Health 1994-2011
- FAMILY: Spouse, Greg Bronson; two children
- POLITICAL/GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE: Constituent & Support Services Director / Emergency Communications (9-1-1) Director / Contact Center Manager, Bernalillo County 2012-current
- CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/TinaTomlinDist4/
1.) What is the top priority in your District and how would you address it as a county commissioner? Among many priorities for District 4, it’s public safety. Economic resiliency has equal billing, but public safety is crucial to our health and prosperity. As the former 9-1-1 Director, I appreciate and respect the deep impacts of public safety. This includes prioritizing the safety of our families, friends, and neighbors.
2.) Under what circumstances, if any, would you support a tax increase? And what types, if any, would you support? First, I would support the effort to find processes that are more efficient and look within, after I would support a tax increase only to maintain basic infrastructure and security and to protect citizens from criminals. Low tax policies drive a stronger economy.
3.) Where specifically should the county look to cut its budget if the COVID-19-related economic shutdown creates a significant revenue shortfall? Historically, governments mass hire people to fix problems and fill gaps, without introspection and an honest inward discovery. Instead, look internally: eliminate labor-intensive, expensive processes and replace with efficiencies and utilize the strengths we already possess. This approach saves taxpayer money and prevents increased taxes.
4.) How specifically — if at all — do you think the county should partner with the city of Albuquerque for its planned Gateway Center homeless shelter? Bernalillo County has always led efforts in putting the “unity” in “community.” If the city wants to partner with the county, especially in the area of long-term sustainability (maintenance costs, liabilities, etc) of the shelter, look at all city/county initiatives and ensure equity in responsibilities. Set clear expectations and accountabilities.
5.) Do you agree with the county’s current immigrant-friendly policy, which, among other things, prohibits jail staff from providing information to immigration authorities unless legally required to do so? No. Regardless of residence status – a crime is a crime is a crime. Sanctuary policies defy federal laws to which local government is bound and it prohibits law enforcement from doing their jobs.
6.) What, if anything, will you do as a commissioner to prevent further cost increases at the county’s new headquarters project, now estimated at $65 million? Bernalillo County @ Alvarado Square is going to be a great center. I will not vote for any more change orders unless it a) impacts safety of the community or b) it enhances our technological advances to create efficiency and ease of use / doing business with the county.
7.) Have you or your business, if you are a business owner, ever been the subject of any state or federal tax liens? No.
8.) Have you ever been involved in a personal or business bankruptcy proceeding? I filed for personal bankruptcy after my divorce in 2000, as many people know and can relate. Major life events can have unexpected consequences.
9.) 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? No.