SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez on Tuesday named attorney Jennifer Padgett as Santa Fe district attorney to serve out a one-year vacancy.
Padgett, who has worked for Martinez as part of the governor’s administration in Santa Fe as well as when Martinez was district attorney in Las Cruces, said she was excited and humbled by the appointment. She said being a prosecutor is “where my heart is.”
Padgett succeeds another former boss, current Santa Fe District Attorney Angela “Spence” Pacheco, who is retiring as of the New Year, a year before the end of her second four-year elected term. Padgett said she’ll take over as DA after midnight Thursday and will be formally sworn in on Monday.
Padgett is a registered independent and said she intends to make a campaign run to keep the district attorney’s job, which will be on the primary and general election ballots in 2016.