Governor-elect Susana Martinez announced Wednesday that a Roswell state lawmaker will head her executive leadership team. House Minority Whip Keith Gardner, R-Roswell, was named Martinezâ€™s chief of staff in a news release late in the day.
Gardner represents District 66 and has held the position that encompasses Chaves, Eddy, Lea and Roosevelt counties since 2005. Gardner has lived in Roswell for 17 years and is the managing partner of Sprint [auth] Sports Rehabilitation Clinic, according to the release. Gardner could not be reached for comment.
Chaves County Manager Stan Riggs says the County Commission will likely vote to approve an individual, or list of names, to send to the governorâ€™s of fice for appointment to Gardnerâ€™s position once he resigns. â€œWeâ€™ll send a name up or send a series of names,â€ he said. Lists will likely be sent by of ficials from Eddy, Lea and Roosevelt counties. Martinez also named Ryan Cangiolosi as deputy chief of staf f overseeing boards and commissions and constituent services and Brian Moore as deputy chief of staff and legislative director overseeing policy.
She also appointed Jessica Hernandez as general counsel, Matthew Stackpole as assistant general counsel, Scott Darnell as communications director and Matt Kennicott as director of policy and planning.
â€œThese individuals will constitute the nucleus of Governor-elect Martinezâ€™s team on the fourth floor of the Roundhouse and help lead an administration that is focused on instituting fiscal restraint and getting the stateâ€™s books in order, creating jobs with progrowth economic policies, reforming education to produce results in classrooms across the state, and ending the waste, fraud and abuse in state government,â€ reads the news release.