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Mayor Berry Nominates New City Attorney

Mayor Richard J. Berry announced Rob Perry as his nominee for Albuquerque’s next City Attorney.

Rob Perry is currently an attorney in private practice in Albuquerque. Perry's previous experience includes serving as the Secretary of Corrections under Governor Gary Johnson. In that capacity, he managed a staff of 2,500 employees. He also served as the Deputy Director for the Department of Public Safety. He was an Assistant Attorney General under Tom Udall in the New Mexico Attorney General's Office and served as a Lead Trial Attorney in the State Attorney's Office in Clearwater, Florida. In 2003, he set up a private practice in Albuquerque and has been practicing law in that capacity up to now.

"Rob will bring a wealth of knowledge, and new energy to the City's Legal Department,” Mayor Berry said. “His education coupled with his experiences in both the public and private sectors will be a valuable asset to the City and taxpayers. His high level of management experience will be a guiding principle to this department. I am very excited to have someone of his caliber join my team and I look forward to the City Council confirming Rob Perry as the next City Attorney."

Perry received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of New Mexico and went on to receive his Juris Doctor Degree from Whittier College School of Law and an Advanced Law Degree in Litigation Practice from Emory University Law Center.

"I am excited and humbled by the confidence the Mayor has placed in my nomination as City Attorney,” Perry said. “I will work tirelessly to provide the citizens of Albuquerque, Mayor Berry, City departments and City Council professional legal services, sound legal advice, as well as thoughtful and prepared litigation services when necessary."

In October, voters approved a Charter Amendment that requires the Mayor to select a City Attorney and then present that nominee to the City Council for confirmation. The position for both City Attorney and City Clerk were advertised in several publications and were posted on the City’s website. A committee comprised of three attorneys reviewed all resumes, interviewed qualified candidates and presented the Mayor with a group of accomplished candidates to choose from.