Perry to replace David Campbell as Chief Administrative Officer; Campbell departing March 10 to serve as a U.S. diplomat.
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The Albuquerque City Council voted unanimously Feb. 23, 2011, to confirm Rob Perry as the City of Albuquerque's Chief Administrative Officer.
"I am humbled and honored that both Mayor Berry and the Albuquerque City Council have the confidence in me to serve the City," Perry said.
"I know there are many challenges ahead, but working with the employees who make up our work force, the Mayor, and the Council—we're capable of accomplishing so much."
Mayor Richard J. Berry named Perry as CAO-designate earlier this month when David Campbell announced he received an appointment from the United States Department of State to serve as a U.S, Diplomat in a foreign country.
Campbell's last day at City Hall is scheduled for March 10, 2011.
Perry will assume signatory authority and all duties of the CAO at 5 p.m. on March 10. Meantime, Perry and Campbell have been working closely together to ensure a smooth transition.
"While we will miss David tremendously, we are positive about the City's future with Rob as my right hand man," Mayor Berry said. "Rob has proven himself as a natural leader and someone with an incredible knowledge of the inner-workings of our government."
Perry, who is currently the City Attorney, named Kathy Levy to serve as Acting City Attorney from Feb. 24 to Feb. 28. From March 1 through the confirmation of a new City Attorney, Robert Kidd will serve as Acting City Attorney.
Per the City Charter, the City is currently competitively advertising for a City Attorney. Mayor Berry will choose from the pool of applicants and his choice will go before the City Council for a confirmation vote.
Perry has served as Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Corrections and Deputy Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Public Safety under Gov. Gary Johnson. Perry has also run a successful private law practice in Albuquerque.