County Attorney

Mission Statement

The Santa Fe County Attorney's Office serves as legal counsel to the Board of County Commissioners of Santa Fe County, the County Manager, elected officials, and certain boards and commissions. 

What We Do

  • Represent the Board of County Commissioners, the County Manager, elected officials, and certain boards and commissions in federal and state courts.

  • Review and negotiate contracts, agreements, and other documents.

  • Reviews proposed ordinances, resolutions, polices and procedures.

  • Assist Santa Fe County staff and officials with understanding and complying with state and federal laws which apply to the County, including the Open Meetings Act, Inspection of Public Records Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Americans with Disabilities Act and Family and Medical Leave Act.


Bruce Frederick, County Attorney
Rachel Brown, Deputy County Attorney
Roberta Joe, Assistant County Attorney
Cristella Valdez, Assistant County Attorney
Elena Cardona, Assistant County Attorney

Richard B. “Rick” Word, Assistant County Attorney

Eric Ames, Assistant County Attorney
Kathleen A. Oritz, Paralegal
Robin Gurule, Legal & Public Records Administrator
Jeremy Garcia, Administrative Assistant


Santa Fe County Attorney's Office
Phone: (505) 986-6279 Fax: (505) 986-6362
102 Grant Ave.
Santa Fe, NM 87504-0276

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Office Hours
We are open to the public during the following business hours: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. , closed during the lunch hour from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. and closed for business on Saturdays, Sundays and County Holidays.