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Breaking: Gov. Martinez’s Spokesman to Fill Deputy Chief of Staff Position

Scott Darnell, the director of communications for Gov. Susana Martinez, will move into a high-level vacancy next week, continuing a recent trend of job shuffling in the Governor’s Office.

Darnell will begin work as a deputy chief of staff for Martinez’s office on Monday, the Governor’s Office confirmed today.

He will fill the vacancy created last month when Ryan Cangiolosi stepped down to take a newly-created job with the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.

Darnell will earn an annual salary of $95,000 in the new position, which is less than the $115,000 per year that Cangiolosi had been paid.

His previous position in Martinez’s office will be filled by Enrique Knell, who worked as a campaign spokesman for former U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., and has most recently been serving as a public information officer for the state Children, Youth and Families Department.

Check tomorrow’s Journal for more details.