Man with long ties to PRC picked for chief post

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Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 11:00 pm | Updated: 11:09 am, Fri Sep 20, 2013.

The Public Regulation Commission on Wednesday hired a man as its new chief of staff who was in charge of the agency’s Transportation Division during one of its most troubling episodes.

PRC members unanimously tapped Severo “Vince” Martinez, who has a long history with the agency and replaces Johnny Montoya in the $90,000-a-year job. He was chosen from among six finalists, narrowed down from an application pool of 55. His hiring came despite his previous tenure as the agency’s Transportation Division director during a 1999 shuttle bus crash that killed a Santa Fe elementary school student and an adult, and injured dozens of other children on a ski outing.

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  • Mark Ordonez posted at 10:15 am on Thu, Sep 19, 2013.

    marcoordonez Posts: 657

    He's from here, don't you? That covers 1/4 of Santa.

  • Joseph Hempfling posted at 9:25 am on Thu, Sep 19, 2013.

    joehempfling Posts: 188

    From what I read couldn't ask for a better choice and wish Vince the best of everything in his new position. And having sat tru a number of PRC meetings know they are on the cutting edge of many things effecting us statewide including and perhaps most importantly; utilities, as corporations move to privitatize them for their own financial benefit. Also think perhaps he can move along the Forest Fire Taskforce with his energy, ideas and experience. Welcome Aboard !

  • Carolyn Garcia-Martinez posted at 8:53 am on Thu, Sep 19, 2013.

    CarolynDM Posts: 426

    Interesting that he doesn't stay in any one department for very long. Who is he related to?


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