Martinez appoints Geisel as economic development secretary

Governor Susana Martinez

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico is getting a new economic development secretary with Gov. Susana Martinez’s appointment of Matt Geisel to replace Jon Barela.

Geisel will take the state post as head of the Economic Development Department after serving as Rio Rancho’s economic development and business relations manager.

Geisel previously served as vice-chair of the New Mexico Economic Development Partnership, which is the state agency’s marketing arm.

Barela joined the state agency in 2011. He stepped town to take a job with a nonprofit group that promotes business expansion along the U.S.-Mexico border. 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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