Third Judicial District Judge James T. Martin cleared the way Wednesday for NMPolitics.net’s lawsuit seeking the release of dozens of Las Cruces city manager applications to proceed.
State law says all people are entitled to the greatest information possible about their government. A judge would set a contradictory precedent if he dismissed a lawsuit seeking release of Las Cruces city manager applications or ruled against it.
The private company running Las Cruces’ city manager search has filed a motion to dismiss NMPolitics.net’s lawsuit that seeks the release of dozens of applications for the job.
The City of Las Cruces is digging in its heels on its assertion that the public doesn’t have a right to see city manager applications that are in the hands of a private company running the job search.
NMPolitics.net has won a national investigative reporting award for shining light on a possible conflict of interest current N.M. State Auditor Tim Keller had when he was a state senator.
Haussamen Publications, the company that publishes NMPolitics.net, filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking the release of dozens of Las Cruces city manager applications that are being kept from the public.