Mayor Fails to Address Real World Problems

This is the link to my Albuquerque Journal Guest column published TWO years ago on August 28, 2014 and entitled “Mayor Fails to Address Real World Problems”…/mayor-fails-to-address-real-wo…. I post this now because Mayor Berry appeared recently before his buddies at the Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce to talk about his $60,000 study on why Albuquerque has such high crime rates and what he intends to about them. This is the first time in seven years of being in office I can recall Berry has acknowledged Albuquerque has a crime problem, but he again blames everyone else and tries to say things are not that bad under his watch compared to THIRTY years ago! What I said three years ago during the campaign still holds true today, but things have only gotten worse with increased crime rates, APD and our economy.

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Pete Dinelli was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is of Italian and Hispanic descent. He is a 1970 graduate of Del Norte High School, a 1974 graduate of Eastern New Mexico University with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a 1977 graduate of St. Mary's School of Law, San Antonio, Texas. Pete has a 40 year history of community involvement and service as an elected and appointed official and as a practicing attorney in Albuquerque. Pete and his wife Betty Case Dinelli have been married since 1984 and they have two adult sons, Mark, who is an attorney and George, who is an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Pete has been a licensed New Mexico attorney since 1978. Pete has over 27 years of municipal and state government service. Pete’s service to Albuquerque has been extensive. He has been an elected Albuquerque City Councilor, serving as Vice President. He has served as a Worker’s Compensation Judge with Statewide jurisdiction. Pete has been a prosecutor for 15 years and has served as a Bernalillo County Chief Deputy District Attorney, as an Assistant Attorney General and Assistant District Attorney and as a Deputy City Attorney. For eight years, Pete was employed with the City of Albuquerque both as a Deputy City Attorney and Chief Public Safety Officer overseeing the city departments of police, fire, 911 emergency call center and the emergency operations center. While with the City of Albuquerque Legal Department, Pete served as Director of the Safe City Strike Force and Interim Director of the 911 Emergency Operations Center. Pete’s community involvement includes being a past President of the Albuquerque Kiwanis Club, past President of the Our Lady of Fatima School Board, and Board of Directors of the Albuquerque Museum Foundation.