ESTANCIA, N.M. (KRQE) - Torrance County manager Joy Ansley has resigned amid an audit by the state and investigation by the attorney general's office.
The state auditors office began investigating Ansley amid allegations that she used taxpayer money to help friend Chris Valdez, owner of CCS Construction.
The company has been hired for many jobs in Torrance county, many of which ran far over budget.
State Auditor Hector Balderas says his office was asked to investigate about 6 months ago. That investigation is now nearly complete.
"What we found was nearly a million dollars in questionable purchases that did not go through the competitive bidding process." says Balderas.
While Balderas would not say if possible criminal violations were found, pending the public release of the audit report, he did say there were questionable practices within Torrance county government.
Balderas also confirmed that he has been working with the Attorney General's office which can move forward with criminal charges if they find evidence laws were broken. A representative from the A.G's office says they can't comment because the investigation is on-going.
KRQE News 13 learned Ansley abruptly resigned Friday.
While county commissioners met Monday to discuss the issue they did not return calls from News 13 for comment.
KRQE News 13 also put a call into Joy Ansley, she did not return the calls.
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