Martinez Plans To Fire Richardson Appointees Moved To Protected Jobs

New Mexico – Gov.-elect Susana Martinez wants resignations from political appointees in Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson's administration unless they are asked to stay on when the Republican governor takes office in January.

Martinez transition team leader Heather Wilson notified so-called exempt workers Friday that they should submit resignations effective Dec. 31, the last day of Richardson's term.

Wilson says incoming cabinet secretaries may ask some Richardson political appointees to temporarily remain in their jobs to help the new administration as it takes control of state government. Workers interested in doing that should contact cabinet-level administrators named by Martinez.

Wilson reiterated that appointees moving to civil service protected jobs will be fired Jan. 1 unless the shift is approved by the Martinez administration.

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