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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