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Inspector General for the City of Albuquerque Passes Away

Mayor and City Council send condolences, honor legacy of public service

Dec. 30, 2020

Today, the Albuquerque City Council and Mayor Tim Keller confirmed that Ken Bramlett, Inspector General for the City of Albuquerque, passed away the evening of December 29 after contracting COVID-19. Bramlett was 67 years old and had underlying health conditions.

Mayor Keller said, “The harsh reality of this pandemic struck close to home yet again today. It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Ken Bramlett, a man who was truly dedicated to transparency and integrity. A former Marine, Ken applied the Corps’ core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment to his work with the City. He will be dearly missed, and our hearts are with the Bramlett family.” 

City Council appointed Bramlett in January of 2019, filling the position that had been vacant at the time. The Office of the Inspector General is an independent city government office that reports directly to the Accountability in Government Oversight Committee.

“Mr. Bramlett was an outstanding steward of government transparency and public service,” said Council President Pat Davis. “Since his appointment to Inspector General, he had worked diligently with the Council to bring accountability to our City’s operations. Ken and I found kinship as graduates of the FBI academy and shared family connections we excitedly discovered. He was a true friend and professional and I will miss those conversations and his friendship. Our heartfelt condolences go out to this family and friends.”

Prior to his appointment, Bramlett served as the Inspector General of the Los Angeles Unified School District from 2013-2018, the Inspector General for the Georgia Department of Public Health from 2011-2018,  and the Director of Investigative Services for the State of Georgia in 1998. Prior to his employment with the State of Georgia, Bramlett served in various command positions for the Cobb County Police Department for 23 years after serving in the Marine Corps as a Military Police Desk Sergeant and Supervisor.

Bramlett earned his B.S. from Shorter College and his MPA from Columbus State University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, 162nd Session and Georgia Law Enforcement Command College. Ken was selected for the 10th delegation of the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange to the State of Israel and was also a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Inspector General, Certified Inspector General Inspector/Evaluator and a Certified Board Adviser.

The Bramlett family said, “Ken was born and raised in Marietta, Georgia, and was a Bull Dog fan through and through. Ken is survived by his wife of 26 years, Jennifer, their five children and a sweet dog, Lulu.”