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Two high-ranking Santa Fe staffers leaving

SANTA FE — Santa Fe city government will soon be losing two high-level administrators as the city announced Tuesday that the wife and husband team of Carol Johnson and Kevin Kellogg are resigning effective Dec. 13.

Johnson has served as the city’s Land Use Department director since June of last year, while Kellogg was hired as asset development manager in April.

In a statement, Johnson said she was moving to Oregon to help take care of a family member.

“Due to the urgent need to care for a family member, I have made the difficult decision to resign from the City of Santa Fe. I have made dear friends here and will continue to have strong connections to this place, but family must come first,” she said.

Mayor Alan Webber said the couple will be missed.

“Family always comes first and it’s clear that Carol and Kevin are making the right decision,” he said in a news release. “Both have made important contributions to City government and to our community. In Land Use, Carol has been a true leader. Thanks to her, we’re headed in the right direction in housing, neighborhood planning and livability, and improved customer service. Kevin’s work in Asset Development has been just as significant, working on the mid-town site, turning City land into housing, promoting economic opportunities, and overseeing the property the City owns and needs to manage better.”

Johnson and Kellogg did not respond to phone messages from the Journal on Tuesday. City spokeswoman Lilia Chacon did, however, deny that the resignations had anything to do with a recent newspaper article.

Last month, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported that their home, located in the Westside Guadalupe historic district, had been red-tagged by an employee in Johnson’s department because Kellogg had erected fence posts before the construction permit he had applied for had been issued.

According to information on the city’s website, as Land Use department director Johnson makes about $122,400 per year. That’s the seventh highest rate of pay among salaried city employees. Kellogg makes roughly $99,840 per year, the 35th highest among city employees.

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