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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov.-elect Susana Martinez wants resignations from political appointees in Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson's administration unless they are asked to stay on when the Republican governor takes office in January.
Martinez transition team leader Heather Wilson notified so-called exempt workers Friday that they should submit resignations effective Dec. 31, the last day of Richardson's term.
Richardson Chief of Staff Brian Condit later sent a note to workers cautioning that "providing a letter of resignation without a specific request or demand for your resignation, may jeopardize your continuation of health benefits for you and your family, as well as your eligibility for unemployment benefits."
Wilson said incoming cabinet secretaries may ask some Richardson political appointees to temporarily remain in their jobs to help the new administration as it takes control of state government.
"These exceptions must be approved in writing and are generally for an agreed upon time," Wilson said in an e-mail to exempt workers, a copy of which was provided to The Associated Press.
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