As I wrote earlier this week, we at the Rio Grande Foundation have collected and released payroll documents for all of New Mexico’s 33 counties. We have also been collecting payroll documents from some of the largest school districts in the state.
But, some school districts like the Clovis Municipal Schools decided to take transparency to heart. We were very pleased that, upon receiving our information request, not only did Clovis comply, but they took it upon themselves to post payroll, past audits, and additional documents on their website. This proactive effort is exactly what we (and others) are hoping to spur among various government agencies throughout the state. We encourage other districts, counties, city governments, and institutions to take similar action.