- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s New Mexico office has a new director.

The agency announced Tuesday that Amy Leuders will oversee the office that manages public lands and mineral resources in New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.

Leuders replaces Jesse Juen, who retired in January.

The position hadn’t been filled while the BLM was considering merging its Arizona and New Mexico offices to save money. The agency decided against the merger a few weeks ago.

Aden Seidlitz was the acting director. He’ll resume his role as associate state director once Leuders arrives in Santa Fe later this fall.

Leuders had been the BLM’s state director in Nevada since 2010. Most recently, she was on assignment overseeing greater sage grouse planning in Washington, D.C.

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