State workers: Hostile bosses impede jobs

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Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2013 6:50 pm | Updated: 9:38 pm, Thu Jul 18, 2013.

The state agency charged with vetting terrorism threats and helping New Mexicans during disasters has been embroiled in turmoil for the last year, which some employees say has hindered their ability to do their jobs.

Staff members within four bureaus at the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management confirmed they have filed complaints with their bosses, the state Department of Workforce Solutions, the federal Department of Labor and the State Personnel Office. Most of the complaints are similar, alleging intimidation, harassment and retaliation by top administrators.

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  • Leslie Becker posted at 2:47 pm on Fri, Jul 19, 2013.

    Leslie B Posts: 1

    "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." (Edmund Burke)

  • Carla Nunez posted at 1:27 pm on Fri, Jul 19, 2013.

    Carla Nunez Posts: 1

    How can anyone treat people like this? Why are the legislators not calling DHSEM? Ben Ray Lujan, if you are paying any attention to this you and the other congressional members of New Mexico should also be very concerned about this matter. I am going to forward these articles to your staffers, this is not only the Governor's responsibility, but yours as well. Based on what I have researched on the internet Greg Myers is retired Air Force, and the individual before him Michael Duvall was also a retired Air Force appointee by Heather Wilson, who is also retired Air Force. These issues were probably happening when Mr. Duvall was at DHSEM and here is a quote from Governor Martinez, “Secretary Duvall’s service to New Mexico has been a true demonstration of leadership, judgment, and integrity,” said Governor Martinez. Duvall apparently took a position at LANL as a “Key Security and Safety Official” however, again, thanks to the internet, http://www.airforcetimes.com/article/20091124/NEWS/911240319/Two-wings-get-F-nuclear-inspection Michael Duvall got an “F” on a nuclear inspection. So what does that tell me and other New Mexicans? It tells us that Governor Martinez has chosen extremely poorly qualified individuals to lead this state department, and that she had entrusted Heather Wilson to pick lackeys instead of well qualified personnel. Anita Tallarico Statman is from Florida, how was she picked instead of someone from New Mexico to be the Deputy Secretary? It would be nice to see an article that shows all of the qualified personnel from New Mexico that were not picked for these positions.

  • William Stevens posted at 11:43 am on Fri, Jul 19, 2013.

    Will Stevens Posts: 1

    I am curious to see how DPS investigates the matter and I hope that the New Mexican and other news channels make every effort to continue coverage of this situation. I am greatly concerned about the depth and scope of the complaints made and am shocked and amazed that Governor Martinez allows the upper management at DHSEM to take the department in a downward spiral while increasing speed. I have only one question, if the Governor is not directly involved now, then what threshold is required for her to get involved? Resolve it now, before it gets worse I always say... but then again, my logic is free of politics.

  • Trina Lujan posted at 8:31 am on Fri, Jul 19, 2013.

    Patrice Posts: 3

    It is Statewide. G&F is notorious for employee abuse and neglect. Yet the obnoxious, unprofessional staff members receive monetary rewards, excessive travel allowances, "educational" leave, etc. Employees are intimidated into thinking they have no rights and do not receive the benefits they were guaranteed upon hire. Yes, the hiring freeze caused overwhelming demands upon employees to "fill" in for vacancies then are reprimanded because they cannot meet the unrealistic workload, while the staff members are enjoying 5-7 day "conferences", "required" meetings, travel and lounging in their private offices all day, wearing the carpets out walking the halls to micromanage already stressed employees! Sickening!

  • Alfred Padilla posted at 6:49 am on Fri, Jul 19, 2013.

    Xenoace32 Posts: 341

    Government is only as good as the people who run it and you folks keep voting these despots into office. You reap what you sow and then cry because what you sow is from your own hands. And yes I have been there and yes I learned how to deal with it at a higher level than what they were able to dish out!

  • punkster posted at 6:40 am on Fri, Jul 19, 2013.

    punkster Posts: 3

    The arrogance and lack of experience of these managers brought in by this administration is laughable. "My way or the highway" seems to be all these 'madmen' era folks know.


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