- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The acting secretary of the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration has been named the new head of the department.

The appointment of Dorothy “Duffy” Rodriguez was announced Monday by Gov. Susana Martinez’s office.

Rodriguez had been the department’s acting secretary since the end of May upon the retirement of the previous secretary, Tom Clifford.

The department is the state’s central budget agency. Its secretary is a member of the State Investment Council and presides over Board of Finance meetings.

The 63-year-old Rodriguez began her career in 1975 as an aide to U.S. Sen. Joseph Montoya, D-N.M.

She has worked in the administrations of every New Mexico governor since the late 1970s.

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