ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Spanier, the department’s deputy secretary, had served as acting secretary since October
Michael Spanier can take acting off his job title now that Gov. Bill Richardson has named him secretary of the state Aging and Long-Term Services Department.
The governor appointed Spanier to the post on Monday. He will be nominated to the state Senate for confirmation during the legislative session that begins in January.
Spanier, the deputy secretary of the department since September 2004, had served as acting secretary since October. He replaces Cindy Padilla, who has taken a job in the Obama administration.
Before Spanier was named deputy secretary of the department in 2004, he served as the department’s director of adult protective services, according to a news release from the Governor’s Office. A veteran of 20 years in state government, he previously was deputy state budget director for the Department of Finance and Administration and worked for the Legislative Finance Committee.
“Michael Spanier has shown tremendous leadership during his tenure at the Aging and Long-Term Services Department, in particular, guiding the department through recent budget cuts without impacting essential services to New Mexico’s most vulnerable residents,” Richardson said. “His experience will be valuable as we move the department forward.”