- Associated Press - Friday, October 28, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Gov. Susana Martinez has named one of her former executive staffers as acting secretary of the state Corrections Department.

David Jablonski will lead the agency while the search continues for a permanent replacement for Secretary Gregg Marcantel, who announced his retirement earlier this month.

Jablonski most recently served as deputy superintendent of the state Regulation and Licensing Department. While working for Martinez, he oversaw multiple agencies involved in public safety.

He also spent 14 years with the Corrections Department, including a stint as director of the Probation and Parole Division.

The change in leadership comes during an especially tumultuous year for the department that included the high-profile escape of a convicted murderer and another violent felon from a prison van. In August, questions were raised about probation and parole cases possibly slipping through the cracks.

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