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Two Martinez appointees move into protected jobs

By Thom Cole | tcole@sfnewmexican.comDecember 18, 2018

This story has been updated to include a response from the state Corrections Department.

Two more of Gov. Susana Martinez’s political appointees — a Gaming Control Board member and the director of adult prisons — have slid into civil service jobs as Martinez prepares to leave office Dec. 31, state government personnel records show.

The job changes make it possible — but don’t guarantee — that the Martinez appointees will remain employed with the state under the administration of Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat.

After her election in 2010, Martinez, a Republican, decried the practice of political appointees moving to civil service positions for job protection when administrations change. And at a news conference in November with Lujan Grisham, Martinez said she would fill critical civil service jobs but added, “We aren’t going to run around filling or packing places.”

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