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By Christopher L. Abeita

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Executive Director Patrick Sanchez Moonlighting

Gaming Regulator/Bus Inspector

On September 16, 2014, the Pueblo of Isleta Human Resources Department (HR) submitted a report to the Isleta Tribal Council concerning Patrick Sanchez the Executive Director of the Isleta Gaming Regulatory Agency. HR reported that they had no documentation showing that Sanchez requested or received approval to continue with his self-employment after he was hired as the Executive Director on November 5, 2012.

Before getting hired as the Executive Director, Sanchez was performing bus inspections for the Pueblo. So, Sanchez is classified as a vendor by the Pueblo of Isleta Procurement Office.

The last known bus inspection that he conducted occurred on July 12, 2014. This is nearly two years after getting hired as the Executive Director.

Isleta Gaming Regulations §5.4 requires employees of the Isleta Gaming Regulatory Agency to:

“. . . disclose in advance, all consulting or other outside employment, including self-employment the employee proposes to undertake.”

“The proposed outside employment shall not begin prior to approval by the Executive Director, or in the case of the Executive Director seeking outside employment, the Governor.”

The HR Department, however, had no evidence showing that Sanchez obtained permission to continue his self-employment.

The HR Department sent an email to Sanchez asking whether the Governor gave him approval verbally or in writing. But, Sanchez did not respond. So, the HR Department submitted their report to the prior Council.

The prior Council, however, took no action on the report.

Pueblo of Isleta Gaming Regulatory Agency Failing To Do Its Job

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