State employee punishment reduced for breaking rule

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The state employee who was punished after his boss asked him to violate state policy is off the hook.

KRQE News 13 reported On Special Assignment last month that Public Regulation Commission Chief of Staff Vince Martinez asked an employee he supervises to transport his son from Raton to Santa Fe in a state vehicle.

State rules are very clear, non-state employees are not allowed to ride in state cars without written permission.

We’re told Deputy Fire Marshal Vernon Muller was intimidated and felt he that he could not say no to his boss.

The state suspended the driving privileges for both Martinez and Muller for 90 days.

Martinez appealed saying Muller should not be punished; the state agreed and reduced Muller’s punishment to 21 days. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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