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Aide To Gov. Steps Down For UNM Job

Gov. Susana Martinez’s deputy chief of staff is leaving the Governor’s Office later this month to take a job with the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, a governor’s spokesman said Friday.

Ryan Cangiolosi, 41, has worked for the Governor’s Office since she was elected in 2010. He previously worked as Martinez’s election campaign manager.

Cangiolosi will become executive projects director for UNM’s Health Sciences Center, a newly created position intended to oversee organizational development projects for the wing of the university directing the hospital, medical research and health professional education programs.

Cangiolosi said he hopes the new position will allow him to spend more time with his teenage daughter, in part by ending the commute between Santa Fe and his Albuquerque home.

“While I look forward to starting this new journey with the University of New Mexico, my alma mater, I will always treasure the time working for you and I look forward to continuing to serve New Mexicans in this new capacity,” Cangiolosi said in a letter of resignation to Martinez.

Cangiolosi will continue to work for the Governor’s Office until his Nov. 19 start date at UNM, Martinez spokesman Scott Darnell said Friday. Martinez thanked Cangiolosi for his service.

Ava Lovell, the Health Sciences Center controller, said Cangiolosi was hired because of his business background and not because of his work with the governor.

“This is not a lobbying job,” Lovell said.

Lovell said Cangiolosi was one of 19 applicants for the job while the opening was publicly posted.

Cangiolosi will get a raise with the UNM position, earning $125,000 per year instead of the $115,000 he now earns working for Martinez, according to state records.

Cangiolosi drew criticism earlier this year, along with Chief of Staff Keith Gardner and other administration staff, for using personal email accounts to conduct government business. Martinez later mandated that all government work be done using state email accounts, which are subject to open records requests.
— This article appeared on page C1 of the Albuquerque Journal