Lawmaker Objects To Corrections Secretary Nominee

Santa Fe, New Mexico – SANTA FE, N.M. (KRWG) A Senate committee leader is raising objections about Gov. Susana Martinez's nominee to run the Corrections Department, saying he apparently omitted information from a background check questionnaire.

Rules Committee chairwoman Linda Lopez released a letter Monday saying Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel didn't disclose he was suspended twice while working for law enforcement in Louisiana about 30 years ago.

The governor's office defended Marcantel, saying there was no effort by the nominee to hide anything. The confirmation questionnaire asked whether he had ever been accused of sexual harassment or workplace misconduct.

Lopez also said Marcantel worked as a Bernalillo County sheriff's detective helping to monitor a confidential informant. However, the informant committed sex crimes against two children.

The governor's office says Marcantel helped solve the case against the sex offender.

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