About a year ago, then city of Albuquerque Public Safety Director, Darren White, exerted his position as the city’s highest ranking law enforcement official at the scene of an accident involving his wife. Not that a husband shouldn’t be concerned if his wife is possibly injured, but when you are responsible for overseeing the operations of the very agency responding to your spouse’s care; one would expect a little bit of discretion. After all, the appearance of any impropriety by and of itself is enough to influence any objective investigation towards that of favoritism. Kind of like how Chief Schultz says the appearance of police misconduct is itself police misconduct.
We’re not saying that Darren White did indeed influence the investigation by now deceased Officer Al Walck, but we are saying there are times when because of your title and it means you don’t get all the rights a regular citizen has. In the case of what occurred with PSD Darren White, he should not have ever even arrived on scene and should have respected his position and waited for an update. It’s clear the scene was handled in a way much different than it would have been for any other citizen because of Mr. White’s presence. Mr. White then paid the price for this incident by “resigning” from his position with the City of Albuquerque.
But Mr. White did not have to worry about employment for long. His friend, Dan Mourning (of Capo’s restaurant on Lomas NW) quickly arranged to have White hired as Director of Security at Expo New Mexico's struggling Racino. Then, and as broken by the Eye, Mr. White was then promoted to “Project Manager” of the renovation of the casino located at the Expo. Despite not having any professional experience or a contractor’s license, Mr. White was given authority over a multi-million project. Now our Eye’s tell us, Mr. White is now the general manager of the entire Racino facility. We at the Eye are curious about this because aside from the obvious question “When does it end?” we wonder what Governor Martinez is thinking given Mr. White’s track record of quitting, resigning and failure.
As Governor Johnson’s Secretary of Public Safety, Mr. White was the focus of numerous no-confidence votes and objections by rank and file officers of the New Mexico State Police and the New Mexico Department of Corrections employees. In the midst of a total inability to manage his position (Mr. White redefines the term “overpromotion”) Mr. White then abandons Governor Johnson under the false assertions of protesting the governor’s decriminalization of marijuana campaign. Mr. White then rallies the Republican votes and is able to earn the position of Bernalillo County Sheriff. But again, he flirts with abandoning this position to run for Congress whereby he is solidly trumped by rookie politician Martin Heinrich by over 11 points. Shortly upon returning as sheriff, his department is stung by a class action lawsuit whereby the county had to pay millions because Mr. White’s authoriezed is deputies to seize funds illegally. Again with too much liability threatening him, Mr. White then abandons it again in favor of a position given to him by the new mayor of Albuquerque: RJ Berry. While Mr. White oversees APD, and oversteps his authority at the scene of his wife’s accident and again at the suspicious death scene of prominent lawyer Mary Han, Mr. White stirs up so much controversy that once again he abandons Mayor Berry.
Now Mr. White is the General Manager of Expo New Mexico's Racino. In the midst of an unfolding pay to play scandal that rivals the allegations against Governor Richardson, Mr. White is front and center of one of the State’s largest expenditures of public funds. Given that Mr. White's only gambling management experience is dropping a quarter in a slot machine and handling (or mis-handling) of the public's money, given that Mr. White's only construction management experience is putting a new roll of toilet tissue on the dispenser and the deconstruction of public safety agencies, we at the Eye have to ask; "Really???"
Today is Friday, July 20th,2012…anybody want to bet Mr. White will NOT be in the same position this time next year?????
Quote of the Day
Does this sound familiar? This is right from the dictionary and seems to describe Albuquerque, Berry and Schultz. Fascism (f ash ,izem) noun An authoritarian right wing system of government and/or social organization. (in general use) extreme right wing, authoritarian, chauvinistic and/or intolerant views or practices. Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one group over another, national, ethnic, especially social strata or monetarily; a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach. Compliments of one of our Eyes