SANTA FE, N.M. — The Martinez administration is canceling a deal it made in June to provide personnel services to the office of state Treasurer Tim Eichenberg, saying Eichenberg has ignored its advice, made sexist and demeaning comments to administration staff and remarked about the race of employees in the Treasurer’s Office.
In a letter to Eichenberg dated Sept. 14, State Personnel Office Director Justin Najaka said the agreement to provide human services assistance to the Treasurer’s Office would be terminated Oct. 15. The Personnel Office has never before canceled such an agreement with a government agency, Najaka wrote.
Eichenberg said in a written statement that the allegations against him in Najaka’s letter were a personal attack. “However, I recognize that as a public official I am exposed to personal attacks and sensationalism,” he said.
Eichenberg, a Democrat, is in his first year as treasurer. Like the attorney general, land commissioner and secretary of state, the treasurer is part of the executive branch but elected separately.