Council OKs LAFD office lease

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County > Steps taken to avoid conflict of interest

By Arin McKenna

Los Alamos County Council voted 6-0 to approve an office lease for the Los Alamos Fire Department administration staff at 999 Central Ave. during its meeting Tuesday night.

Councilor Rick Reiss recused himself, since he has an ownership interest and is the managing member of the business that owns the building. The motion included a waiver of conflict of interest.

Recognizing that conflict of interest may arise, particularly in small communities, the County Procurement Code and the New Mexico Governmental Conduct Act both allow for the waiver under certain conditions. Those are:

  • Reiss’ financial interest in the subject property was publicly disclosed prior to solicitation for the subject property.
  • Reiss, by abstaining from any participation in the approval of the proposed lease, shall not exercise any apparent bias or favoritism.
  • The approval of the lease will be in the best interests of the county.
  • The lease was competitively procured.

LAPD administration has occupied offices at 195 East Road, Suite 101, since 1994. The current space has several issues that needed to be addressed. Those are:

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