Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Manager To Face Hard Job.

Byline: Miguel Navrot Journal Staff Writer

City Financial Woes May Complicate Task

ANALYSIS

The exit of Frank DiLuzio as Santa Fe city manager this past week after months of government breakdowns seemed to bolster city council optimism.

Councilor Matthew Ortiz is not only confident a qualified full-time replacement can be found and hired, but that he or she will do a good job. Cris Moore, the second most tenured lawmaker, expects to see the so-far reactive administration work to address Santa Fe's affordable-housing crunch.

And Councilor Miguel Chavez, who was among the first to publicly call for the city manager's removal, senses little animosity between the council and Mayor Larry Delgado's attempt to keep DiLuzio in his job.

"People have to accept that," Chavez said of looking forward. "We need to use this next year to rebuild the confidence in the community with the city council and, to a degree, the administration."

But not everyone expects the tasks ahead to be a cinch.

Financial uncertainty continues. Years of deficits have drained reserve money. Santa Feans can expect to soon pay more for some city services, such as water rates, while receiving less in others, including curbside garbage pickup on holidays. …

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