SANTA FE (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has nominated an assistant commissioner at the State Land Office to serve as head of the state Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.
Martinezsays John Bemis' experience in overseeing energy development at the Land Office makes him a qualified candidate.
Bemis joined the State Land Office in 2003 and has served as assistant commissioner for oil, gas, and mineral resources since 2004. He previously worked as senior attorney for the Farmingtonregion at Burlington Resources, Inc.