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Billy Garrett named interim director of state History Museum

A retired National Park Service official and former Doña Ana County commissioner has  been named interim director of the New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe.

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Billy Garrett

Billy Garrett, a Las Cruces native, will take on the temporary role while the Museum of New Mexico board of regents conducts a national search for a permanent director, according to an announcement Thursday.

Former director Andrew Wulf was dismissed in February amid a gubernatorial administration change.

Garrett ended his 26-year NPS career in 2009 as chief of operations for the Gateway National Recreation Area that spans New York and New Jersey. He also previously worked as a historic architect at the Grand Canyon and in Washington D.C., according to the announcement.

From 2010-2018, after returning to New Mexico, he served on the Doña Ana County Commission. In 2018, Garrett also ran in the Democratic Primary for lieutenant governor, coming third in a three-person race won by Howie Morales.

“New Mexico has a rich and deep history,” Garrett said in the announcement. “Sharing that history recognizes the importance of communities throughout our state. I look forward to working with the team at the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs — as well as museum docents, friends and supporters—in building on this great tradition.”

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