Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Gov. Will Reveal His Pick for County Commission Today
By Dan McKay And Dan Boyd
Journal Staff Writer
Gov. Bill Richardson has made up his mind, but he's not yet opening his mouth.
He wouldn't say Monday whom he plans to appoint to the Bernalillo County Commission.
His last round of interviews focused on Maggie Hart Stebbins, a Harvard graduate who works for the Mid-Region Council of Governments; business owner Joanie Griffin; and Idalia Lechuga-Tena, an aide to Mayor Martin Chávez with experience in bilingual projects.
"I have made a decision, but I'm going to tell you tomorrow," Richardson told county commissioners gathered Monday afternoon for an economic-stimulus meeting.
He added that his pick might surprise them.
The appointee will replace Deanna Archuleta, who served as chairwoman of the County Commission before taking a job in the Obama administration last month.
The new commissioner will serve until the 2010 general election, and the winner of that contest will fill the remaining two years of Archuleta's term.
The district covers much of central Albuquerque, including neighborhoods around the University of New Mexico, Nob Hill and the Southeast Heights.
Richardson had earlier interviewed several candidates, including former County Commissioners Lenton Malry and Tom Rutherford. But he later encouraged others to apply. His aides said he had hoped to find a woman to replace Archuleta, who was the only woman on the commission this year.
Archuleta joined the U.S. Interior Department as deputy assistant secretary for water and science.