Monday, March 05, 2012
State Auditor Balderas Arrives in City of Sunland Park with Team of Auditors
This morning, State Auditor Hector Balderas arrived in the City of Sunland Park with a team of auditors who are conducting a special audit of the City’s financial operations. Balderas ordered a special audit of Sunland Park on February 23, 2012 after concluding that the City’s finances were in a state of financial disarray, which presents a myriad of risks to the City’s citizens and public funds. The special audit will target various City funds and operations, and Balderas said his auditors are moving with increased speed and working closely with law enforcement officials to ensure taxpayer dollars are fully protected.
“I'm gravely concerned by the recent arrests of the City’s top management, and I’ve directed my auditors to fully brief federal, state and local law enforcement and oversight agencies as our audit progresses,” Balderas said.
Early this morning, Balderas and his auditing team met with law enforcement officials who are leading investigations into City officials. Balderas and his auditors also are visiting Sunland Park City Hall. Depending on the outcome of his findings, Balderas may recommend to Governor Susana Martinez that the Department of Finance and Administration take over the City’s financial operations.