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Sun July 15, 2012
Martinez Chief Of Staff Must Testify At Hearing
An administrative law judge has ruled that New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's chief of staff must testify next week at a State Personnel Board hearing for a former Department of Corrections employee who was fired.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that Martinez's office objected to the subpoena of Keith Gardner, the governor's chief of staff, in an employment appeal by former corrections employee Larry Flynn.
Flynn was investigated last fall for allegedly firing a handgun at a rattlesnake nest outside the residence he shared with then-Corrections Secretary Lupe Martinez.
He was already on paid leave while he was being investigated for alleged time card falsification.
Lupe Martinez claims Gardner directed Cabinet secretaries to use private email accounts to circumvent public records requests.
Gardner calls her claim false.
Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.