PRC Member Jerome Block Jr. Resigning In Plea Deal

New Mexico –

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRWG) New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez will appoint a replacement for Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. to serve the remainder of his term through next year, when the PRC position is up for election.

Block is resigning as part of a plea agreement with the attorney general's office over the misuse of taxpayer money and election law violations.

Martinez spokesman Scott Darnell said the governor is pleased that Block is leaving office and she will appoint a replacement "who will serve with integrity and represent the people of New Mexico well on the PRC."

Block's attorney, Carolyn Nichols, said she was preparing a letter of resignation for Block, but the plea agreement calls for him to resign within 10 days.

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