Trade Association Executive Nominated To Head Workforce Solutions

New Mexico – Gov.-elect Susana Martinez has selected contracting industry official Celina Bussey to run the Department of Workforce Solutions, which administers the state's unemployment compensation program.

Bussey, 32, is executive director of Northern New Mexico Independent Contractors Inc., a trade association based in Albuquerque. Her nomination is subject to Senate confirmation.

Martinez announced Bussey's appointment as the department's cabinet secretary on Thursday.

Before taking a job with the contractors group, Bussey worked in the state Department of Labor in 2001-2006. The agency was renamed the Department of Workforce Solutions.

Bussey received a bachelor of arts in political science and communications from the University of New Mexico.

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