Governor: Corrections Department Secretary to retire

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SANTA FE, N.M (KRQE) – On Friday, Governor Susana Martinez announced the retirement of the New Mexico Corrections Department Secretary.

Gregg Marcantel has been the Cabinet Secretary since 2011 but will retire effective October 31.

Among some of the accomplishments in Marcantel’s career are reducing the number of early prison releases, expanding the Security Threat Intelligence Unit and implementing reforms and efforts to make sure all state prisons are in compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act, according to the governor.

“Secretary Marcantel is a man of integrity who has worked tirelessly to keep New Mexicans safe,” Governor Martinez said. “Under his leadership, we’ve taken a tough, but smart, approach to crime. Gregg is a good friend of mine, and I’m proud of all the work he accomplished at his department.”

He has had a three-decade career in law enforcement.

He said this about the retirement:

“Serving the State of New Mexico has been an immense blessing for me and my family. I am appreciative of Governor Martinez and her staff for their leadership, friendship and support,” Secretary Marcantel said. “Thanks to Governor Martinez’s leadership, we have made New Mexico a leader in prison reform. I leave this post knowing we have made New Mexico’s neighborhoods safer.”

Secretary Marcantel added, “This was a tough decision to make, but I need to spend more time with my mother, who is suffering from serious medical conditions. At the end of the day, I need to do what’s best for my family.” 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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