Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Elections Bureau OT Causes Rift.(West Side Journal)

Byline: Michael Davis Journal Staff Writer

Commissioner Criticizes Decision

The Sandoval County Bureau of Elections apparently will lose its overtime due to a move by the county administration that one commissioner calls "downright vindictive."

County Clerk Victoria Dunlap, who oversees the bureau, has claimed the county administrator zeroed out the overtime line item in the bureau's fiscal 2003-2004 budget.

Commissioner David Bency said removing the overtime was done without the consent of the commission. He has asked the county attorney to write a letter to County Manager Debbie Hays directing her to reinstate the overtime.

"Removing the clerk's overtime was done incorrectly. There was no motion made to do that. Therefore the administration did it on their own," Bency said Tuesday. "I suspect they cut the overtime based on the new employee in the Bureau of Elections. …

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