Mayor’s transition team: Finance director lacks expertise

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Posted: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 9:00 pm | Updated: 10:25 am, Mon Jun 9, 2014.

Members of a transition team assembled by Mayor Javier Gonzales to analyze nine areas of city government pulled no punches concerning the head of the city’s Finance Department.

The team’s finance subcommittee said the department needs oversight by an individual with expertise in finance, accounting and budgeting practices, as well as good leadership and communication skills — which the report said is “lacking within the Finance Department.”

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  • Pedro Peralta posted at 10:54 am on Sun, Jun 8, 2014.

    Don Pedro Posts: 4


  • Pedro Peralta posted at 10:54 am on Sun, Jun 8, 2014.

    Don Pedro Posts: 4


  • Pedro Peralta posted at 8:16 am on Sun, Jun 8, 2014.

    Don Pedro Posts: 4

    Just did a review of the report and recommendations. 140 pages. As someone who worked at Los Alamos for many years and was tasked with preparing many reports a few things come to mind. Overall organization of the report is quite poor. Whether it is that a group of small reports was given to someone to organize and their skills weren't very good or its purposely vague is a question that can come to mind in any political circumstances. Highlights were good organization of reports on the Legal department and IT departments recommendations.

    The report on the Finance department which seems to have been showcased by The New Mexican even though it only occupies a handful of pages reads more like a group of opinions and not much backing or substance. An interesting aside, the people who did the IT report included their resumes in that report so you can read about their backgrounds. There is no such disclosure by the two individuals that did the fiance department report. Perhaps it is as quite a few have said here. The people involved in reviewing the Finance department aren't very competent or are political operatives more interested in their next place of employment then really helping the city.

    Finally my disappoint is with the New Mexican and its report staff. A 140 page report has been reduced to an attempt to only showcase difficulties in one department. Hopefully no cues were given as to what to showcase.

  • Jennie McGee posted at 4:04 pm on Sat, Jun 7, 2014.

    jojems Posts: 1

    Even a cursory comparison of the qualifications and work experience of Mr. Tapia versus those of the transition team's financial "experts" reveal how laughable the vague complaints of this report really are. Wouldn't it be strange if only a few years ago one of the same people who wrote this report had actually warmly recommended Mr. Tapia for a senior level finance job? I wonder what might have changed since then? Could it be that someone on the transition team is now putting himself forward for a new job in city finance? And what is this about naming the Finance Department leadership but being too delicate to say the name of the person you are trying to smear? Oh, please! What a weaselly, mealy-mouthed maneuver. If the new Mayor wants appoint new senior managers during his administration, he has every right to do so, but he should at least do it in a straightforward manner. Trumping up a transparently content-free smear, which contains exactly zero factual instances of alleged wrong-doing or incompetence, is just plain dishonest. The moment any member of the transition team produces a professional history, let alone a distinguished military service record, which even remotely compares to that of Mr. Tapia, I'll be inclined to consider their comments on "leadership and communication" a bit more seriously.

  • Frances Dominguez posted at 4:28 pm on Fri, Jun 6, 2014.

    Frances Dominguez Posts: 3

    I cannot confirm what your internet search has found Mr. Herrera but it makes for very interesting reading. As an educator at NNMC I can comment on Domingo Sanchez there. We at the College, especially faculty don't have a problem with people whom we consider competent...He is of the most about himself individuals I have had the displeasure to meet. The salary that he and others make is such a drain on the college, all the while cutting programs and budgets. It would be nice to see him leave as in going to the city but I would not wish it on the new administration. Whatever favor was called to get him on the transition team should be considered paid in full. Time to find better talent I'd say.

  • Julian Herrera posted at 9:49 pm on Thu, Jun 5, 2014.

    JulianHerrera Posts: 1

    Donald Sure said “ I have watched Mr. Sanchez career and have found him, to be the consummate professional”.

    You must have missed his career at the county. Unfortunately many of us did not. I remember the audits, even the casual researcher can find this on line.

    The Santa Fe Reporter ran this story on Mr Sanchez when he was going to bring the breath of his experience to New Mexico Highlands University as its Vice President and I quote “ Santa Fe County manager from 1995 to 1998, during which time a highly critical audit of the county's finances was released which went on to state that " a litany of serious financial deficiencies, including shoddy accounting, billing problems and inaccurate record keeping. Among the vast number of problems identified, the audit found the county kept incorrect budget information, was out of compliance with its own personnel regulations and failed to correctly record financial statements. "

    And now with his less then stellar performance at North you really think anything he says can help the city?

    I'm with Ms. Schmidt on this guy. City Manager you say? We got enough problems now with a Coss holdover who occupies that space.

  • Donald Sure posted at 7:13 pm on Thu, Jun 5, 2014.

    Older and wiser Posts: 83

    I have watched Mr. Sanchez career and have found hi, to be the consummate professional. His obligation has always been in the best interests of the organization, rather than the individual.

    If the issue is black, he calls it black. If it is white, he calls it white. No sugar coating, just the sometimes harsh reality that are finances.

    If the Mayor wanted to get this city moving, he would hire Mr. Sanchez as his City Manager. He certainly has the experience and credentials.

    As to the issue at Northern, maybe the Board at the College was fat, happy and stupid until Mr. Sanchez arrived. Since then I believe the College is leaner, and smarter interms oh how they can and will continue to operate within a sustainable budget, serving those in Northern New Mexico. Not popular, just effective.

    I believe their (Sanchez and Wolf) analysis is right on the money.

    Good luck Mayor.

  • Monica Romero posted at 5:33 pm on Thu, Jun 5, 2014.

    Monica R Posts: 7

    Marcos Tapia thinks he knows it all and thinks hes gods gift to women. Sure he has held several jobs but he has failed at each one of them and changes jobs like he changes his women. Get rid of that creep. He should have never been GIVEN that position in the first place.

  • Dennis Romero posted at 12:04 pm on Thu, Jun 5, 2014.

    dennis romero Posts: 14

    Jeff - sounds like it's coming. Rather than make a clean sweep immediately, the Mayor decided to look into things and assess the current state of affairs in the City. It may take longer, but I do think this will be a much healthier and more effective way of changing the City for the better...assess, plan, take action...

    Just my two cents...

  • Jeff Varela posted at 11:35 am on Thu, Jun 5, 2014.

    JayVee Posts: 9

    Okay Mayor...if the report from your transition team can be validated for it's credibility then let's roll up our sleeves and get to work on the problems! Who is going to step up to the plate? Where is the City Manager on these issues?

  • Mellis Schmidt posted at 9:48 am on Thu, Jun 5, 2014.

    Mellis Posts: 3

    I would like to say that if Domingo Sanchez is going to "tell it like it is" that maybe someone should look into his leadership as the VP for Finance at Northern New Mexico College for the last three and half years. Where the budget and accounting has been a major issue. Where over 40 people have been fired or programs have been closed by a very top down administration to balance a budget.


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