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New leadership for game commission

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The commission also re-elected Roberta Salazar-Henry as vice-chair of the commission on Friday. Salazar-Henry was appointed in June 2019, and represents Catron, Socorro, Grant, Hidalgo, Luna, Sierra and Doña Ana counties. She worked at Game and Fish for 25 years and is a former board member of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, a group that advocates for public lands, sportsmen and women, and wildlife management practices.

Theresa Davis is a Report for America corps member covering water and the environment for the Albuquerque Journal.

Sharon Salazar Hickey, who was announced on Thursday as Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's new pick for the state game commission, was elected chair of the commission at the Friday meeting in Las Cruces.

The new commissioner replaces Joanna Prukop, a longtime Game and Fish employee who was not reappointed by the governor after her term expired Dec. 31.

Hickey has served on the New Mexico Youth Conservation Corps Commission since 2012. The Corps employs youth for natural resource preservation projects around the state.

“I have been so honored for the last eight years to serve on (that) commission,” Hickey said at Friday's meeting. “Having that experience, I have become very knowledgeable about our resources and our communities.”

Hickey, a Los Alamos native, works at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a program manager for the Associate Laboratory Director for Environment, Safety, Health, Quality, Safeguards and Security.

“I do not represent the lab,” Hickey said as she pledged to keep her work at LANL separate from her commission duties.

Hickey spoke of the importance of transparency and fairness on the commission. In the past year, the commission has voted on several high-profile issues, including the non-navigable waters rule and changes to trapping on public lands.

The new commissioner has a law degree, but said that she does not currently practice law.

Hickey lives in Santa Fe with her husband, and the couple have three children. According to a Game and Fish announcement, she enjoys hiking, biking and snowshoeing.

She was appointed to the New Mexico State Governor's Fellows Program Board of Directors in 2007.

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