ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque has said its final goodbyes to City Councilor Ken Sanchez.
“A legacy of city above self, and it is a legacy that lives on in so many of us that knew him. Thank you, Ken, for all you have given us,” Mayor Tim Keller said.
Family, friends and colleagues gathered at the Kiva Auditorium on Monday afternoon to mourn Sanchez’s death. He was then laid to rest at the Mount Calvary Cemetery.
He died on New Year’s Day after suffering a medical episode. Sanchez spent eight years as a Bernalillo County Commissioner, then represented Albuquerque’s westside on the city council for 14 years.
He’s being remembered for his dedication to public service.
“Instead of spending $200 million on a project, we were able to spend $100 million by getting it all done at once and getting every single partner to the table all at once. That was Ken Sanchez. That’ real leadership,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said.
The city council also canceled Monday night’s meeting out of respect for Sanchez.