- Associated Press - Monday, December 12, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver is using her first full day in office to appoint a new deputy secretary and an executive assistant.

The agency announced Monday that New Mexico native and attorney John Blair has been named deputy secretary of state. Theresa Chavez-Romero of Albuquerque will serve as executive assistant to the secretary.

Additional staff appointments at the agency are on hold because of recent state spending cuts.

Blair worked most recently at the U.S. Interior Department as director of intergovernmental and external affairs, and previously was legislative director for then-Congressman Martin Heinrich of Albuquerque, now a U.S. Senator.

Chavez-Romero previously worked with Toulouse Oliver at the Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office, and has held positions at Sandia National Laboratories and in the private sector.

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