Hold Los Alamos County Responsible | Letters To Editor | riograndesun.com


In an upcoming Sept. 6 special Los Alamos County Council meeting, we can expect the County and its elected officials to shift blame and claim innocence regarding how money was spent by the Regional Coalition of LANL Community.    We’ll just ensure that this doesn’t happen again. Hey, let’s celebrate with another $28 shot of Whistlepig whiskey. Democrats are calling for former Coalition director Andrea Romero to step down from the House Race, but who is calling for Los Alamos County employees and County Councilors to step down?    As fiscal agent, Los Alamos County was ultimately responsible for improper reimbursements with public funds.  Coalition Board members had their lavish parties and trips, but Los Alamos County was the fiscal agent.    On Jan. 17, after the County was alerted to an Inspection of Public Records Act request, Steve Lynne assisted Andrea Romero and Henry Roybal in amending the Coalition’s travel policy to allow unlawful reimbursements that had already been made. Coalition Board members called for an executive meeting Jan. 18, to approve this new policy.    They got caught red-handed trying to change the rules, after they had been broken. According to Adams and Crow Law Firm, “Los Alamos corrective efforts not only reflect poorly on County officials…but may constitute efforts to intentionally mislead others and/or conceal misconduct.”    Further, one should note that the Los Alamos County Council Chair and Vice Chair both strongly objected to the investigation requested by Councilor (Susan) O’Leary and former Councilor (James) Chrobocinski.    Council Chair David Izraelevitz said: “I was extremely disappointed with Councilor O’Leary’s comments toward the actions of Vice Chair Chandler and I…from the Adams and Crow interim presentation, there seems to be no factual basis to believe that anyone on Council or County staff acted with malice or bad intent.”    As a donor to her campaign for New Mexico House, he “further defended Chandler and hoped that after the County completed its investigation, the Coalition would be a stronger, more professional organization.”    Since Los Alamos County funded the investigation, he thought the results would confirm Chandler’s emphatic claim, “no indication of wrongdoing.” He thought wrong.    County Managers Harry Burgess and Steven Lynne, Councilors Reiss and Chandler are named in the investigation for violating state laws and constitutional provisions.    The question is, who will hold Los Alamos County accountable for its negligence, and incompetence, as well as theft and fraud of our tax dollars?    Lisa Shin    Los Alamos    Lisa Shin is a Los Alamos optometrist and candidate for District 43 of New Mexico House of Representatives.

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