SANTA FE, N.M. — Administrators at Northern New Mexico College are complaining the college is being overburdened by Inspection of Public Records Requests and that it is costing the financially strapped college money it can’t afford to spend.
“The number of requests is so large that it has exceeded our ability to respond internally,” said Domingo Sanchez, NNMC’s vice-president for finance and administration. “We are currently forwarding the requests to our legal counsel, who determines whether requested records are of a nature that can be released.”
The college said Wednesday it has received more than 30 IPRA requests in the past month, 20 of them made by a former employee at the college. The requests have included budget records, email correspondence and personnel files.
The college estimates the cost of using legal counsel to handle requests to be more than $15,000.