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Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 11:30 pm | Updated: 1:20 am, Thu Oct 17, 2013.

Former Santa Fe City Manager Robert Romero signed off on a promotion and 35 percent pay raise for his on-again, off-again girlfriend less than two months before he retired in May.

The pay raise for Amber Marchi was among a slew that Romero approved before leaving his job at City Hall, prompting one city councilor to request a list of all pay increases over the past two years after news of the raises became public.

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11 comments:

  • Jeff Varela posted at 5:42 pm on Thu, Oct 24, 2013.

    JayVee Posts: 7

    After some reflection, I want to apologize to Ms. Perez, Mr. Romero and Mayor Coss for my ill-advised remarks I made on 10/18/2013! These remarks were obviously distasteful and unwaranted. This is not the proper forum to express personal discontent about anyone, and I regret posting the comments. Again, my apologies to these folks!

     
  • Max Heisenberg posted at 8:25 pm on Fri, Oct 18, 2013.

    Max Heisenberg Posts: 13

    Good call....

     
  • Jeff Varela posted at 12:50 pm on Fri, Oct 18, 2013.

    JayVee Posts: 7

    What a complete disappointment in Robert Romero! When appointed City Manager we had hopes of a local New Mexican doing good for city government. Yet he became a clearing-house for movidas for friends and family. Sandra Perez HR Director? Are you kidding us? She was part of the Richardson corruption in NM state government and Robert brings her over to the city because she is his Nambe neighbor, and she pretends to be ethical and HR knowledgeable. What a complete joke! She is and always has been an opportunist going back to her days in state govt. She is good at one thing...executing movidas! Robert was naive enough to believe in Perez or maybe it was sympathy..who knows! Who did she step on to escalate to HR Director? She couldn't lead a camel to water! Mayor Coss deserves some blame here for allowing this to happen. Of course with Perez she is/has been a puppet for the unions to the liking of Coss! What a blemish to public service and SF from Romero and Perez!

     
  • John Franco posted at 10:52 am on Thu, Oct 17, 2013.

    JohnFranco Posts: 61

    [ohmy]

     
  • Benny Danco posted at 10:24 am on Thu, Oct 17, 2013.

    Benny D Posts: 23

    This little chronie is such a liar. Funny how he says that he had nothing to do with but he is the one who transfered employees from Perez and left that place understaffed so he could give his girlfriend a raise before he left. Lol now Perez employees are stuck doing double the work with no raise while his girlfriend has less to do but more pay. This is a joke and this little ego driven dork destroyed the City good job Coss. Oh and so people know his so called sometime girlfriend always has had his car at ft Marcy maybe that was part of the pay raise too.

     
  • Carolyn Garcia-Martinez posted at 5:57 pm on Wed, Oct 16, 2013.

    CarolynDM Posts: 324

    Another fine example of the Friends and Family Plan going on in City and State government. It's pathetic and so lacking of any sort of integrity. We need a Mayor that will go in and clean things up. And they want to raise Gross Receipts Taxes? Uh, no. Go to other sources like reassigning positions to those who are actually qualified and make the pay match the qualifications. Any employee who is getting paid by the taxpayers should have to punch a timeclock.

     
  • Tommy Trujillo posted at 8:13 am on Wed, Oct 16, 2013.

    Tommy Posts: 23

    She started in 1993, earned her Bachelor of Science, and is now earning $24/hr? What's the problem here?
    I'm just happy that she and her sibling(s)/cohorts were NOT collaborating and systematically syphening funds from a youth wrestling program or a youth 'anything' program.

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:01 am on Wed, Oct 16, 2013.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1159

    We're calling that job "recreation supervisor" now?

     
  • John Franco posted at 7:57 am on Wed, Oct 16, 2013.

    JohnFranco Posts: 61

    this was going on everywhere in the City under Romero, just like in Parking the incompetent interim Director created a job for his close admin assistant!

     
  • Pat Shackleford posted at 1:30 am on Wed, Oct 16, 2013.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 387

    How can we make an informed misjudgement about this without her picture too?

     
  • Tomas Moore posted at 1:16 am on Wed, Oct 16, 2013.

    TomasMas Posts: 15

    Imagine what kind of raise she would have gotten had she been his full time girl friend!
    Such great ethics at City Hall!
    Thank You Captain Coss for running such a great ship!
    It sucks to be a lowly deckhand on his ship unless your "doing" a little extra for the ship's officers.

     
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