Gov. Susana Martinez has chosen Eugene Moser to lead the state Personnel Office. Many know Moser from his time at the LFC, where he was a principal analyst. He most recently was head of HR for the city of Albuquerque.
The position typically is a low profile spot in the administration, but a key one. Under former Gov. Bill Richardson, SPO director Sandra Perez spent more time than she wanted to defending various hiring practices at the state, including those of exempt employees. That scrutiny has diminished some, but lawmakers are still keeping an eye on the size of the state's payroll, while they consider changing benefits for state employees to help balance the books.
"Mr. Moser has demonstrated the leadership needed to effectively manage the State Personnel Office and help me in my mission to recruit the best talent into New Mexico government and make state government more efficient," Martinez said in a statement.