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Gov.-elect taps local resident for search committee

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By Carol A. Clark

Republican Gov.-elect Susana Martinez has named Los Alamos resident Jim Hall to her General Services and Information Technology Search Committee.
Hall and other appointees will work with the transition committee’s chair, former Congresswoman Heather Wilson, to identify and recommend cabinet officials and other leaders to run the state’s general services and information technology departments.
Hall, also a Republican, came to know Martinez in the last several months of the recent election season.
“I was somewhat active in her campaign and I also served with Heather Wilson in Gary Johnson’s cabinet,” Hall said. “I was the first chief information officer during the Johnson administration, a position that determines IT policy for the state.”
During this time of transition, Martinez has tasked this search committee and others with finding individuals capable of filling key positions in her administration.
“The governor-elect must put together a team to work with the legislature and deal with what I think is the largest budget problem in our state’s history,” Hall said. “She has to assemble and field an all-star team in a matter of weeks because the new legislative session begins in mid-January. If the state was in fairly good budget condition it wouldn’t be quite so urgent but we have a severe budget problem – the true scope of the deficit did not become apparent until just recently.”
Rep. Jeannette Wallace, R-Los Alamos, Sandoval and Santa Fe gave a thumb’s up to Hall’s appointment.
“Jim has worked in state government and he knows how it functions … He’s a good person to serve on this committee,” Wallace said
Hall was a division leader of business information systems at Los Alamos National Laboratory for 12 years as well as Johnson’s chief information officer. He served on the Los Alamos School Board and Los Alamos County Council and has also owned a small consulting business for the last 10 years.
Hall came out on top in the Nov. 2 General Election for one of four seats open on the Los Alamos County Council garnering more votes than any other candidate on the ballot. He will take office in January.
The General Services Department manages state buildings, contracts for goods and services and administers insurance programs.
Martinez also appointed former Sen. Leonard Lee Rawson of Las Cruces to the search committee. Rawson has owned a small business in Las Cruces for 37 years. He also served in the legislature for 22 years, which included six years in the House of Representatives and 16 years in the state Senate. He will serve as committee chairperson.
Other committee members include former General Services Secretary Steve Beffort, who held the post during the Johnson administration, Albuquerque architect Dale Dekker, Clovis City Commissioner Randy Crowder, Darryl Ackley of New Mexico Tech, Albuquerque architect and builder Kevin Reid and Albuquerque contractors Jim Giannelli and Denise Baker.