Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Ethics Complaint Names City Administrator.(Metro & New Mexico)

Byline: Dan McKay Journal Staff Writer

Councilor Says Rael Aided Wife's Friend

City Councilor Greg Payne has accused the city's top administrator, Lawrence Rael, of inappropriately helping a friend of Rael's wife.

But Rael calls the allegation a "complete fabrication" and says Payne's motivation is purely political.

The dispute centers on an ethics complaint filed by Payne last week with the city Board of Ethics and Campaign Practices.

Payne argues that Rael the city's chief administrative officer should have excused himself from city discussion about a lease agreement with Verizon Wireless. The council approved the measure last month. …

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