Regional
4:10 pm
Thu December 23, 2010

Martinez Announces Human Services Nominee

New Mexico – New Mexico Gov.-elect Susana Martinez has nominated a former U.S. Department of Health and Human Services official to head the state Human Services Department.

Martinez said Thursday that Sidonie Squier has a valuable perspective, having worked at both the state and federal level.

Squier directed the Office of Family Assistance in Health and Human Services from June 2005 through January 2009.

She has worked on such programs as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Medicaid, nutrition and domestic violence.

Squier also was an associate commissioner in the Office of Family Services with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and director of economic self-sufficiency and welfare reform administrator in the Florida Department of Children and Families.

She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in communications from California State University, Long Beach.

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