- Associated Press - Monday, July 21, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A Roswell oil company executive has been named to a commission that oversees a compact between New Mexico and Texas governing Pecos River water.

Gov. Susana Martinez appointed Ray Willis to the Pecos River Compact Commission. He is a petroleum engineer and geologist, and president of an oil and natural gas production company. Willis also owns a horse farm and serves on the State Racing Commission.

The commission is made up of one member each from Texas and New Mexico and a nonvoting representative of the federal government.

Under the compact signed in 1948, New Mexico must ensure that certain amounts of water flow downstream to Texas.

Martinez spokesman Enrique Knell said Willis fills a vacancy left after Steve Massey moved and resigned.

Willis’ term expires Feb. 27, 2015.

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