Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Governor considers replacement of state's top water official

Staci Matlock | The New Mexican

"The governor's staff is once again looking for candidates for the state's top water job.

Current State Engineer John D'Antonio, confirmed under former Gov. Bill Richardson, is welcome to reapply for the job, said Scott Darnell, a spokesman for Gov. Susana Martinez.

"No decision has been made to replace Mr. D'Antonio, but the Governor wants to ensure that a wide range of options are considered before selecting a permanent State Engineer," Darnell said via email."...

..."Hernandez said he was told he was part of a search committee. "They called us individually and asked us to submit names by today (Monday)," Hernandez said. "I was the first one called, so I assumed I would head the committee."

Darnell, however, said no formal search committee has been formed. "We are asking for input from people throughout the state who are familiar with the critical water issues facing New Mexico ... ," Darnell said. "Unlike the transition, this is not a formal search committee; rather, it is an effort to cast a wide net and be inclusive in seeking a full range of options regarding the State Engineer's Office. We have reached out to a number of individuals and groups seeking their input, ranging from farmers, business people, and even the New Mexico Environmental Law Center."

Douglas Meiklejohn, executive director of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, confirmed the organization was asked to submit names for state engineer. "We respectfully declined to be involved in that process," he said, also declining to comment on why.

Meiklejohn also declined to comment on whether or not he thought D'Antonio should be replaced. " More>>>>

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