After a Thursday morning press conference announcing findings of “probable” wrong-doing by a former Albuquerque Police chief, New Mexico Political Report spoke with New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller and asked him five questions.
Keller was sworn into his new role as auditor earlier this year. He said his job is not a popular one and compared it to being a dentist.
“I’m not often the favorite person when I walk in the room,” Keller said.
Earlier this week, an editorial in the Albuquerque Journal criticized Keller and New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, both Democrats, for sending out letters asking for donations. Keller acknowledged the editorial was an opinion from the editorial board, but still deemed it unfair.
“Everyone knows Senators, Congressmen and even Governor Martinez sends letters out like that,” he said.
During Thursday’s press conference, Keller announced that former APD Chief Ray Shultz was found to have conducted unethical and possibly illegal activities while he still worked for the city. After the announcement he said Schultz is the only one who can be held accountable if criminal charges are pursued, but that it is up to the judicial system.
“If the courts disagree, that’s why we have the courts in America and we can all move on,” Keller said.
To see all of the questions and Keller’s answers, watch the video below.
A previous version of this video incorrectly spelled Ray Schultz’s name. We regret the error.