I am writing today to announce the closure of the New Mexico Independent. After three and a half years of operation in New Mexico, the board of the American Independent News Network, has decided to shift publication of its news…
Nepotism report, heavily redacted, irks transparency advocate
Bernalillo County finally released an investigative report completed two months ago that examined nepotism and other problems at its drug and alcohol detox center, the Albuquerque Journal reported today.
The report examined a situation involving a former deputy county manager and his son, Jamie Dantis, who appeared to have been treated differently than other employees because of who his father is.
But the report — the subject of several public records requests — had significant portions blacked out, leading one transparency champion to critique the county’s decision to redact the report.
“It’s understandable when an agency wants to move on from a scandal. But the public might not want to move on, and government is still obligated to provide information the public needs to protect the county treasury and county facilities,” Sarah Welsh, executive director of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, told the Journal.