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New secretary appointed for information technology

Roundhouse. (Eddie Moore/Journal)

SANTA FE — John Salazar — who worked as chief information officer for several public agencies before joining a private firm — will take over Monday as the state’s Cabinet secretary for information technology.

He will replace Vincent Martinez, a former state legislator who is leaving to pursue other opportunities, the Governor’s Office said.

“I want to thank Vince for his work over this past year, and I’m looking forward to continued solid service from the department,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said in a written statement.

Salazar, 58, worked most recently as a project manager for CSW Enterprises, a Santa Fe-based firm that has contracted with the state agencies. He is also a former chief information officer for the state departments of Workforce Solution and Taxation and Revenue.

Salazar will make about $156,000 a year, the standard amount for department heads.

The Department of Information Technology is now the fourth state department — out of 22 overall — to undergo a leadership change since Lujan Grisham took office in 2019.

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