New Mexico

Sandoval County investigates current assessor accused of skipping work

SANDOVAL COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) - The Sandoval County Assessor who has been hard to find for years could be losing his job.

Since 2014, KRQE News 13 has been reporting on Tom Garcia.

On Special Assignment, KRQE went looking for him after getting complaints that he was never at work. 

We stopped by his office multiple times and were always told he wasn't there.

Garcia has not been shy about his lack of hours and has told KRQE that he has health problems and that there's no state statute requiring he work a certain number of hours.

Even after KRQE's story, Garcia was re-elected. 

However, current county commissioners have wondered if he's been doing his job at all. They say a recent investigation shows he hasn't used his key card to access the building at all this year.

He only used it twice in 2017.

They also tracked his county emails and found he only sent four emails in all of 2017 and none in 2018.

One of the emails that were sent was associated with an online dating site. 

Thursday, commissioner Jay Block and Ken Eichwald will push to have him removed. They say Garcia currently makes $75,000 a year, $101,000 with benefits.

They also want to forward their findings to the attorney general or district attorney to explore possible criminal charges. 




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