- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Bernalillo County commissioners approved a three-year contract Tuesday for the next county manager.

Julie Morgas Baca was chosen from among 46 applicants for the job. She’ll earn $175,000 a year.

She starts the job Saturday, succeeding Tom Zdunek, who is retiring Friday.

As county manager, Baca will oversee a $500 million annual budget and 2,500 employees. She reports to the County Commission.

Baca previously has served as a deputy county manager, and as president and chief executive of the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation.

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