Hobbs commissioner calls for openness on salaries

A Hobbs commissioner wants an economic development organization that receives nearly two-thirds of its budget from public funds to release a list of salaries for its employees. Full Story
IPRA Request

Albuquerque, NM

#1 May 18, 2009
File an Inspection of Public Records Act request (form is on the Attorney General's website)and submit it to the Attorney General's office if the Economic Development Office fails to comply. That way, at least the Attorney General's office can make a determination as to whether it is a public or private entity subject to the Inspection of Public Records Act. Also, if it is a private entity and not subject to the IPRA, wouldn't the City's and County's donation of money to the organization violate the anti-donation clause of the New Mexico Constitution? You can't have your cake and eat it too.

United States

#2 May 25, 2009
I hope the EDC comes clean regarding their expenditures. The media will focus on salaries. I would like to see an accounting of the total expense for EDC ads in the Hobbs News Sun during the time the Publisher was on the EDC board. When salaries are discussed the value of the services rendered is open to debate. However, the EDC ads in the News Sun were clearly a "pay to play" expense and the current EDC board and staff are to be lauded for discontinuing them.
Pinocchio sage

Hobbs, NM

#3 May 25, 2009
The publisher's son, Kenneth Norris is on the board of directors at EDC and works at the News Sun. As a matter of fact he is in charge of the advertising department. Don't you think the pay to play scheme would just continue if it ever existed?

You said you would like the EDC to come clean regarding their expenditures. That means you don't have a clue what the expenditures are since you say you would like to see them. If you have not seen them then what do you know about how they spend their money?

You always tell part of the truth and few lies that you make up or just assume and then try to mislead the reader into thinking you have a clue about what your talking about.

What about your pay to play theory now that there are actually some facts on the table? Do you have some proof that there was a pay to play scheme? Do you have some type of proof that the EDC has ditched the pay to play scheme or are you just running your mouth like you seem to like to do? There are a total of 15 people on the board and you think 1 board member could get the other 14 to buy into some pay to play scheme. The people on this board are outstanding individuals and for you to smear their names as you hide behind some fake name makes you a coward.

If you are looking for corruption why don't you look into how much money the City of Hobbs has spent on concrete since Bobby Wallach and Robert Ray Wallach have been on the city commission. If you will take a close look at the NM State Constitution you will see that there is a little problem with making money from the city while you sit on the city commission. That is even if you hide it by being a sub-contractor to the general contractor on big city projects. See how much the price of concrete increased during the building of the new waste water treatment plant. Have you ever wondered why the city commission missed the projected price of the project by over $10,000,000? You can look into that or you can spend time on how much money the EDC spent at the Hobbs News Sun after all that is the burning question on everyone's mind.
oink oink

Hobbs, NM

#4 May 26, 2009
The only way you get answers in Hobbs is if you wear a suit. I wore a suit I still have no answer. Money, Money, Money, is such an issue with the City of Hobbs. Aren't we the City of Hobbs, us residents, we make their salary. We have a right to know. WE PAY FOR THIS.
West Lea County

Clyde, TX

#5 May 27, 2009
Ms. Cunningham runs this organization with instruction and help from Maddox and Cope. She may be part of the problem, but the real problem is those Hobbs Good ole' Boys who are actually running the show in the background. Hobbs has let idiots and good ole boys take over our leadership in Hobbs. The lack of zoning makes them look absolutely stupid to any developers looking at their soon to be run-down town.

Now, with a casino, we have gambling addiction and personal bankruptcy on the rise in Lea County. I'm glad our town has it's own Economic Development person who doesn't depend on the Lea County EDC for promoting Lovington. She is bright, energetic and works FOR our community.

Clyde, TX

#6 Jun 12, 2009
Where is Bethe Cunningham going now that she's been fired? Can we kick her back to Tatum?

Hobbs, NM

#7 Jun 16, 2009
The casino is actually a good thing

Hobbs, NM

#8 Jun 16, 2009
Cunningham wasn't fired, she is going in business for herself and wont have to worry about posting a salary...she is rich anyway...more power to her she has done a good job

Clyde, TX

#9 Jun 17, 2009
listening to people who have done business with her, she's a backstabber.

“Down in the Bayou”

Since: Apr 08

Vancleave Mississippi

#10 Jul 7, 2009
I would like to know how much the commissioners salaries are...

Since: Mar 07

Hobbs, NM

#11 Aug 3, 2009
The thing about knowing your officials salaries is that it will be plain when one <ahem> lives beyond his/her means through 'private donations'.

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