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School of Public Administration Alumnus Appointed to Richardson's Cabinet

March 20, 2003

James Jimenez, an alumnus of the School of Public Administration at the University of New Mexico, has been appointed as Secretary of the Department of Finance and Administration by Governor Bill Richardson.

Richardson appointed Jimenez, who had been City Administrator of Rio Rancho since July 1999, on November 19, 2002. In his new role, Jimenez will serve as the Governor’s top budget official, overseeing the central budget and finances for the State.

Jimenez, who received both his Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 1986 and his
Master of Public Administration in 2001 from the University of New Mexico, has extensive experience in state government. He was an economic analyst with the Department of Finance and Administration from 1986 to 1989 and then worked with the Legislative Finance Committee prior to his appointment by Governor Johnson to the Department’s Deputy Secretary position.


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