- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 12, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico is getting a new economic development secretary with Gov. Susana Martinez’s appointment of Matt Geisel to replace Jon Barela.

Geisel will take the state post as head of the Economic Development Department after serving as Rio Rancho’s economic development and business relations manager.

Geisel previously served as vice-chair of the New Mexico Economic Development Partnership, which is the state agency’s marketing arm.

Barela joined the state agency in 2011. He stepped town to take a job with a nonprofit group that promotes business expansion along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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