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Chief Administrative Officer Appointed to Serve as U.S. Diplomat

The U.S. State Department appointed Chief Administrative Officer David Campbell to serve as a U.S. Diplomat in a foriegn country. Mayor Berry named City Attorney Rob Perry as the CAO-Designate.

Albuquerque—The United States Department of State appointed City of Albuquerque Chief Administrative Officer David Campbell to serve as a diplomat in a foreign country. Campbell will leave Albuquerque to enter the Foreign Service in March 2011.

“It has been an honor to serve Mayor Berry, City employees and the people of Albuquerque,” Campbell said. “I leave Albuquerque with mixed emotions. My heart will always remain in New Mexico, but entering the Foreign Service has been a lifetime dream for my wife Shelly and I. We’re honored that our country asked us to serve.”

Mayor Richard J. Berry named City Attorney Rob Perry as Chief Administrative Officer-designate. Campbell will begin working closely with Perry to ensure a smooth transition.

“I couldn’t be happier for David and Shelly,” Mayor Berry said. “But we’re going to miss David tremendously around here. He played an instrumental role in solving a major budget crisis, he got internal City services back on track, and he worked hard every day on behalf of our taxpayers. Our country is fortunate to have someone with David’s strengths and skills represent the U.S. in a foreign country, but we will certainly miss him.”

Campbell’s last day at City Hall will be March 10, 2011. Mayor Berry will ask the Albuquerque City Council to vote on Perry’s confirmation as Chief Administrative Officer within the next month and a half. Meanwhile, the City will immediately begin advertising for a City Attorney, as stated in the City Charter.

“Rob has showed incredible leadership during his time as City Attorney,” Mayor Berry said. “We’ve come a long way, but our work at City Hall is far from over. I look forward to working closely with Rob and continuing the strong work ethic and leadership this Administration is known for.”

Perry served as the New Mexico Department of Corrections Cabinet Secretary and New Mexico Department of Public Safety Deputy Secretary under Governor Gary Johnson. Perry also maintained a successful private law practice in Albuquerque.

Another change in City leadership includes the departure of Human Resource Director Eugene Moser. Moser accepted a position in the Governor Martinez Administration as State Personnel Director. Moser’s last day with the City is February 18, 2011. Mayor Berry and Campbell are confident they will have a new Human Resources Director selected before Campbell’s departure.