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The Line: Transparency Promises Don’t Always Equal Delivery

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August 9, 2019 – Gene Grant and The Line opinion panelists discuss transparency in matters concerning the Department of Public Safety under the state’s former and current administrations. They consider certain policies that require “sunshine” no matter what administration happens to be in power.

Line Panelists:
Lonna Atkeson, UNM Political Science professor
Eric Griego, former NM state senator
Sophie Martin, attorney
Kristelle Siarza, CEO, Siarza Social Digital

For Further Reading:

Public Safety Department Drags Its Feet Turning Over State Police Reports  – KUNM

State reveals settlements totaling $1 million in claims against ex-police chiefSanta Fe New Mexican

State releases secret settlement lettersKRQE

Released records: NM paid $1M to settle claims from 3 DPS officialsAlbuquerque Journal

The Line: “Secret” Settlements to Be Investigated

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June 7, 2019 – In the waning days of the Martinez administration, 1.7 million dollars in confidential settlements were made with a half dozen state employees. After a TV news exposé, the state auditor has announced his office will conduct a special review. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss this latest development.

Line Panelists:
Eric Griego, former NM state senator
Kristelle Siarza, CEO, Siarza Social Digital
Diane Snyder, former NM state senator
Harry Van Buren, professor in the UNM Anderson School of Management

For Further Reading:

Gov. Martinez allegedly hired ex-cop to do handiwork at Governor’s mansion – by Rebecca Atkins, KRQE

Martinez bodyguard: ‘There was no affair’ – by Steve Terrell, The Santa Fe New Mexican

Plaintiff: Martinez kept state police chief because of phone call – by Steve Terrell, The Santa Fe New Mexican