Chief of staff exits; commissioners look for replacement
One of the tougher jobs in state government is about to open.
This is Johnny Montoya's last week as chief of staff of the Public Regulation Commission.
Montoya, right, has accepted a job with CenturyLink, the telecommunications company.
He will leave behind five bosses -- the elected public regulation commissioners -- who often squabble with one another. Their most recent dispute was whether to ask the Legislature for a lean budget or a heftier one in hopes that they will get at least a modest increase.
Montoya had to manage the agency while receiving mixed messages from bosses who often did not get along or even like one another.
He did the job with wit, style and good humor, distinguishing himself as the rock of the PRC.
Ben Hall, R-Ruidoso, chairman of the PRC, sdaid he hoped that Montoya's successor would be hired by Sept. 15.
Meantime, Marc Martinez will be interm chief of staff. He is a PRC attorney.