SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — It will take three to four weeks to complete an audit of a troubled New Mexico border town and determine whether the state should take the unprecedented step of overseeing the financial management of the community, state officials said Monday.
Gov. Susana Martinez and State Auditor Hector Balderas made the announcement as Sunland Park’s acting police chief was arrested on charges of bribery and conspiracy. The community of about 14,000 in southern New Mexico is near El Paso, Texas, and the border with Mexico.
The Republican governor and the Democratic state official said they shared a sense of urgency in dealing with widespread problems in Sunland Park, ranging from missing records to possible violations of state law governing city purchases, contracts and travel reimbursements to government officials.
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