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Ex-cabinet secretary joins NM advocacy group

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former top official in Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration has joined a nonprofit group that advocates policies to aid children and working families in New Mexico.

James Jimenez said Thursday he’s serving as director of policy, research, and advocacy integration for New Mexico Voices for Children.

Jimenez left state government in 2008 to become Rio Rancho city manager, a position he held until last year. He was Richardson’s chief of staff in 2006 to 2008, and Department of Finance and Administration cabinet secretary from 2003 to 2006. Jimenez was the department’s deputy secretary in 1995 during former Republican Gov. Gary Johnson’s administration, and worked for the Legislative Finance Committee from 1989 to 1994.

Former Public Education Secretary Veronica Garcia has served as the nonprofit’s executive director since last year.

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