Martinez Picks Johnson Official For Budget Review

New Mexico – Gov.-elect Susana Martinez has selected a former state budget director to lead a team in reviewing the state Department of Finance and Administration.

Martinez announced Tuesday that John Gasparich will serve as the team's chairman. He was deputy department secretary during part of former Gov. Gary Johnson's administration and budget director for former Govs. Garrey Carruthers and Toney Anaya.

The team will work with Richard May, Martinez's choice to run the department, in conducting the review to determine ways of streamlining government.

Other members of the team are Santa Fe lawyer and former legislator Frank Bond; Albuquerque lawyer Chris Collins; and John Kormanik, who was budget director for former Gov. Bruce King and deputy department secretary during part of Johnson's tenure.

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