Judge to review recall petition for Bernalillo Co. treasurer

Posted at: 01/09/2014 8:03 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A local attorney working to get the Bernalillo County treasurer out of office will meet with a judge Thursday afternoon. Attorney James Dory will ask for permission to start a petition to recall Manny Ortiz.

A few months ago, Ortiz was accused of mishandling county finances. The county commission also voted "no confidence" in Ortiz.

County leaders criticized Ortiz's investment practices for tying up the county's cash. The commissioners said Bernalillo County now faces about $22 million worth of losses.

A financial audit released by State Auditor Hector Balderas also found Ortiz mismanaged millions of taxpayer dollars and violated state laws.

Ortiz told KOB Eyewitness News 4 in the past that he won't step down. Ortiz also said he has received a lot of support from the community.