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Gov. Martinez deputy chief of staff to leave job

SANTA FE — One of Gov. Susana Martinez’s deputy chiefs of staff is leaving the Governor’s Office this week to work for a private law firm in Albuquerque.

Jeremiah Ritchie, who has worked in the Governor’s Office since 2011, has been one of Martinez’s top legislative negotiators and helped craft a new 22-year gambling compact between the state and five Indian tribes that was signed in 2015.

In a statement, Martinez lauded Ritchie’s tenure, saying, “I appreciate so much all that he has done for our team and our state, and I wish him and his family the best in the future.”

With Martinez’s second term set to expire at the end of 2018, the Governor’s Office has seen turnover in several high-ranking positions in recent years.

After Ritchie’s departure on May 10, his job duties will be temporarily handled by Chief of Staff Keith Gardner, who has held the position since Martinez took office, and the governor’s other deputy chief of staff, Nick Piatek.

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