Andrea Romero
County seeks $20,000 more for Regional LANL Coalition ethics investigation

Los Alamos County Council was asked to consider spending an additional $20,000 on an ethics investigation into the county’s role in a funding controversy regarding the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities Tuesday.

The county has already spent $30,000 since March to look into whether councilors were involved in a questionable expenses of coalition funds during a trip to Washington, D.C.

In February, allegations surfaced that former Executive Director Andrea Romero made between $1,800-$2,000 in unauthorized travel expenses while coalition members and councilor Rick Reiss were on a business trip in Washington, D.C., in September 2017 to talk to LANL officials and New Mexico’s congressional representatives about the community’s interests.

Romero acted as host to coalition and government officials during meetings with government officials.

“One of the most important priorities we have as councilors is to make sure tax dollars are spent appropriately,” said Councilor Susan O’Leary Tuesday.

O’Leary accused the vice chair and chair of the county council Tuesday of not telling county officials or the council about financial mismanagement problems with the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities that surfaced in February.