Rio Grande Foundation makes Bernalillo County salary information available online

Taking up where the Bernalillo County Commission left off with its recent transparency website initiative, the Rio Grande Foundation has made Bernalillo County payroll information available online (click here).

To publicize this information, the Foundation has called a press conference at Civic Plaza at which Rio Grande Foundation president Paul Gessing will speak along with Commissioner Wayne Johnson, a transparency leader in Bernalillo County government, and Sarah Welsh of the Foundation for Open Government. The press conference will take place at 10am on Wednesday, May 25th.

Said Rio Grande Foundation President Paul Gessing of his organization’s role in releasing the data, “Taxpayers are the ultimate ‘bosses’ of government workers and should have access to this data. We applaud the Bernalillo County Commission for recently taking steps to place a variety of important information about how Bernalillo County is spending taxpayers’ money online, the Commission refused to make payroll information available on the site.”

Under New Mexico law, employee salary data is already public information, available on request from the County or other local government. The Rio Grande Foundation has previously requested such information from school districts around the state and made the information readily-available to the public at: www.newmexicospending.com.

Responding to the most likely critique of having this information online, Gessing said, “Having salary information online is not a privacy threat. After more than two years of having such information available for school districts statewide, we have not heard any specific complaints.”

“We at the Rio Grande Foundation believe strongly that transparency and openness are keys to achieving a more limited, fiscally-responsible government. Understanding who is hired to do what and how much they are being paid is information that must be available and accessible to the public” said Gessing.

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7 Replies to “Rio Grande Foundation makes Bernalillo County salary information available online”

  1. I think that for a county commisioner to publish salary information in this manner is highly unconscienable and may violate right of privacy acts.
    This information is certainly public information but the manner in which it is presented is may be illegal and I will certainly be checking with my attorney.

    1. A County Commissioner did not publish this data, the Rio Grande Foundation did. It is public information. Feel free to check with your attorney.

  2. If this website is truly for NM residents why aren’t the salary information posted for all government workers in the State of New Mexico? Why is Bernalillo County employees beign targeted? Johnson is wasting the public’s money by requesting a portal that has employee’s salary since he is helping websites like Rio Grande Foundation post salary information. There is no need for Bernalillo County to create portals for the public. Doing so is wasting taxpayers money and creating low morale between employees.

    1. Yes, Mike, actually, we are in the process of getting that information up on our websites in the near future. We are waiting for one additional county to provide their payroll, so check back soon.

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