Wednesday, June 26, 2013

NM FOG elects Executive Committee - badly

Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Terri Cole has been elected FOG's (interim?) President.

The election of the Executive Committee normally takes place in October.  This one took place "earlier this month".  Another election is scheduled for the fall. 

"Administrator 2" informed me that "there were some delays and the board had not met since October", and, "there was a vote for a slate of board members and executive committee and both were approved unanimously".

Cole and I have history, link. She, and the Chamber of Commerce, were huge supporters of Character Counts! in the APS.  Huge.

Naturally, when I found the leadership of the APS had abdicated as the senior most role models of the Pillars of Characters Counts! which were and are still, the APS student standards of conduct, I went to Cole and Chamber.  When I asked Cole for help in exposing the abdication of the entire leadership of the APS as role models of the Pillars of Character Counts!, she sided with Paula Maes and the rest of her cronies in the leadership of the APS.

A disappointing pick for President if you ask me.

But then, at least she was willing to serve.  My impression was that people weren't exactly lining up for the opportunity to serve, if you know what I mean.  Cole may well have just picked the short straw.

More disappointing still;

APS School Board President Marty Esquivel received the Board's unanimous approval as FOG Vice President.   It's a step down in his aspirations, Esquivel was once on tap to be FOG's President.  At least that's what he was telling people when he interviewed them for their Dixon Awards in 2010; that he was interviewing them in the capacity of the next FOG President.

A wrench was thrown in the works when I stood in front of the FOG Board of Directors and told them about Esquivel's complicity in a cover up of felony criminal misconduct in the leadership of APS' publicly funded private police force.

I told them Esquivel was giving at least tacit approval to hiding public records of findings of at least three investigations into public corruption and incompetence in the leadership of the APS.

I told the Board how ridiculous it was for Marty Esquivel and the newly unanimously re-elected, apparently perpetual NM FOG Secretary, Journal Managing Editor Kent Walz, to have bamboozled them into giving APS Supt Winston Brooks a Dixon Award, link, in the middle of his fight to hide public records of public corruption and incompetence in blatant violation of the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act; records the FOG itself had argued belong to the people.

So here we are;

  • the players are largely the same, (link), 
  • the facts are the same, and
  • those facts have not been refuted, rebutted or even acknowledged by Esquivel or Walz, and
  • they are both still covering up the ethics and accountability scandal in the leadership of the APS.

And Cole, who was at that meeting in 2010, Esquivel, and Walz have all been selected "unanimously" to "lead" the FOG.

Wow, what do you do with that?

 photos Mark Bralley


Anonymous said...

Very well done and written. People need to know who is behind FOG. It used to be a very respectable organization but then its founder, Bob Johnson, passed away and it has become a political tool. Terri Cole will add nothing to FOG's original purpose. Sad really.

ched macquigg said...

thank you for your kind attention