Duffy Rodriguez, longtime civil servant, resigns |

After a nearly 40-year career in state government, Governor Susana Martinez’s chief of staff, Dorothy “Duffy” Rodriguez, resigned, Tim Korte, public information officer for the Department of Finance and Administration, told SFR in an email.

Rodriguez also worked as assistant secretary for budget and policy in the Budget Division of the DFA, a key arm of government that oversees and administers New Mexico’s budget.

“She is leaving state government, so both positions are open,” Korte writes.

Scott Darnell, director of communications for the governor, has not yet returned a request for comment.

“Duffy decided to leave Santa Fe to be closer to his family,” Korte writes. “She is exploring new career opportunities but hasn’t decided anything yet.”

Rodriguez resigned in October and will officially leave after this week, Korte writes, “but will be available to advise the State Budget Division until a successor is named.”

“I have no information on that,” Korte writes, of his successor.

His resignation is the latest staff shakeup for Governor Martinez, who has also had to deal with the departures of two deputy chiefs of staff.

According to a 2011 staff file, as Governor Martinez’s chief of staff, Rodriguez handled, among other things, the DFA, the New Mexico Department of Taxation and Revenue, and the Office of Personnel of the state of New Mexico.

She left a position as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Health in April 2010 amid allegations of whistleblowing nepotism and fraud against the DOH. Last summer, Rodriguez’s name appeared in leaked emails from the left-leaning political action committee, Independent Source PAC

Rodriguez began his career in state government under Governor Jerry Apodaca, a Democrat elected in 1975, and served under seven subsequent governors.

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