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Governor Susana Martinez announced Friday that Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Secretary Michael Duvall has accepted a position with the National Nuclear Security Administration as Assistant Manager for Safeguards and Security at the Los Alamos National Laboratory Site Office.
Duvall, who was making $103,000 with the state, will leave his post as DHSEM cabinet secretary effective Jan. 29 to transition to his new position overseeing security and safety operations for one of the nation’s most sensitive facilities.
Duvall was appointed to his DHSEM position by then Governor-elect Martinez in December 2010 and has served as New Mexico’s top emergency management official since January 1, 2011, overseeing the state’s responses to significant crises such as last winter’s cold freeze and natural gas outage, as well as last year’s record-setting fire season.
Martinez has named DHSEM Deputy Secretary Greg Myers to serve as acting secretary while the administration conducts its search for a permanent replacement.
“Secretary Duvall’s service to New Mexico has been a true demonstration of leadership, judgment, and integrity,” said Martinez. “Perhaps the greatest testament to his abilities is that neither last winter’s widespread gas outages or the record-breaking fire season registered a single fatality.
“With Secretary Duvall leading the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, I have had the highest confidence in the state’s ability to respond to any emergency and I am certain that he will enjoy similar success in his new position. I wish him the very best and I am pleased that our partners at the Los Alamos National Nuclear Security Administration’s Site Office have turned to such a competent and accomplished individual to tackle their safety and security efforts.”
Before joining the Martinez administration, Duvall served as Commander of the 377th Air Base Wing at Kirtland Air Force Base. He also served as Director of Exercises and Training for the U.S. Pacific Command, Commander of the 4th Operations Group at Seymour Johnson Air Base, and Vice Wing Commander for the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing at Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan. He concluded his Air Force career as a colonel in 2010.
“I’m grateful and honored for the opportunity to work in Governor Martinez’s administration as we carried out her mission to keep New Mexicans safe during times of crisis,” Duvall said. “The Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will continue to anticipate and respond to the health and safety needs of New Mexicans during crisis situations and I am confident that Deputy Secretary Myers will lead the department through a seamless transition to a new permanent cabinet secretary.”