New Mexico governor’s post-party call to police: ‘Call off’ your officers

SANTA FE (KRQE) — The Office of Governor Susana Martinez is refusing to comment on a late-night phone call made by the governor to Santa Fe police following a noise complaint involving a party for the governor’s staff held at a posh Santa Fe hotel.

Recordings of the phone call obtained by KRQE News 13 reveal a conversation between emergency dispatchers and the governor, as she tries to convince police that there’s no need for them to respond to the complaint.

Listen to the recordings, story continues below:


No report was filed by police. A spokesman for the city of Santa Fe told KRQE News 13 that the officers who arrived on scene spoke to the governor, state police and hotel staff. After receiving “assurances” from staff and hotel security that the matter was under control.

The episode began with a phone call at 1:31 a.m. from the front desk at the four-star Eldorado. The front desk attendant told police she’d received several complaints from hotel guests about a fourth-floor room that had been “partying” and throwing bottles off the balcony. The attendant said hotel staff had warned the partiers and told them to leave and now wanted the guests to be kicked out.

The dispatcher sent police.

Three minutes later, the front desk attendant called the Regional Emergency Communications Center again: “Um, I actually have, uh, someone that would like to speak with you,” the front desk attendant says.

The governor’s voice comes on the line: “Hello?”

The dispatcher identifies himself.

“Hi. This is Governor Susana Martinez,” the governor says as the dispatcher asks how he can help. “Yes, tell me what the complaint is.”

The dispatcher, unaware that the governor was at the hotel for a holiday staff party, seems confused by the fact that the governor is on the other end of the line. The conversation continues as the governor begins a several-minute-long effort to find out what room had been complaining about the noise from here fourth-floor room.

KRQE News 13 is transcribing audio of the conversation and will update this story shortly.

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