Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Gallegos New County Commission Chair.(Metropolitan)

Byline: Isabel Sanchez Journal Staff Report

Steve Gallegos, who won his re-election bid in November, is the new chairman of the Bernalillo County Commission.

He was nominated by Tom Rutherford, the commission's vice chairman who was renamed to the office by affirmation.

Gallegos, Rutherford said, is in his fifth year on the commission and served more than 10 years on the City Council, giving him "a tremendous amount of experience and leadership qualities."

Commissioner Ken Sanchez then nominated Les Houston, also citing experience more than 20 years in the state Senate and seven on the commission.

Tim Cummins, new to the commission, acted as tie-breaker in the 3-2 vote. …

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