Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Councilor Takes Heat for Contract That Went to Friend.(Final)

Byline: Jim Ludwick Journal Staff Writer

City Councilor Sally Mayer says she's been facing "vicious" criticism over a city decision to contract with one of her longtime friends for computer work.

"This is from people who have personal vendettas against me," Mayer said Thursday. "I don't know what I've ever done to make people want to attack me in a vicious, personal way."

The issue centers on an arrangement between the mayor's administration and Rick Linkous, who has helped develop a computer system for dealing with the city's burglar-alarm ordinance. Mayer sponsored the ordinance, which was approved by the City Council in February.

Mayer said she has known Linkous for more than 20 years and has dated him although she was not dating him at the time he was awarded a city contract last year and she is not dating him now, she said. …

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