New details uncovered explaining why MDC boss may have backed out

Michael Watkins
Michael Watkins

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A day after Michael Watkins was supposed to start running the Metropolitan Detention Center, the county said he backed out.

“No decisions have been made in terms of next steps,” said the County Spokesperson, Tia Bland.

Coming from Texas, Watkins was named the new jail administrator last month. His first day was supposed to be Monday.

“We will continue the search,” said Bland.

KRQE News 13 asked to speak with the County Manager about why he no longer wanted the job she hired him for. She sent us her spokeswoman who wouldn’t say.

“When someone applies for a job and decided he or she doesn’t want that job, it really isn’t appropriate for the county to speak on behalf of that applicant in terms of why he or she decided why they no longer wanted the job,” said Bland. “So it’s appropriate in this case, to really reach out to Mr. Watkins and talk to him and he can decide whether or not he would like to discuss why he decided to withdraw his application from the Jail Director position.”

Confidential sources told KRQE News 13 that posts on Watkins’ Facebook was a concern to the county.

When KRQE News 13 asked the county about his posts, they wouldn’t give a comment.

“Any social media outlets or posts that happen to be on an applicant’s site, really isn’t appropriate for us to discuss the content,” said Bland.

Confidential sources also told KRQE News 13 that Watkins was resistant to complete a background check. The county said he did sign the authorization form for a background check, but withdrew from the job before the county could complete it. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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