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NM Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn to resign

New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn is stepping down from his post effective Aug. 12, the Governor’s Office has confirmed.

Flynn was appointed Cabinet secretary of the Environment Department by Gov. Susana Martinez in April 2013, filling a vacancy created when the agency’s previous secretary moved to a different state government job.


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Flynn, who has two young children, said in a statement he looks forward to spending more time with his family but did not say what his next career step might be.

In her own statement, Martinez lauded Flynn’s work at the helm of the Environment Department on issues ranging from the fallout of last year’s Gold King Mine spill to a settlement with the federal government over a 2014 radiological release at the nuclear waste repository near Carlsbad.

“Secretary Flynn has put his heart and soul into protecting our environment and always put New Mexicans first,” the two-term GOP governor said.


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Flynn, 38, who has been with the Martinez administration since the governor took office in 2011, had previously been working as the agency’s general counsel.

He has been making a $125,000-a-year salary as Cabinet secretary.

Environment Department Deputy Secretary Butch Tongate will serve as acting Cabinet secretary upon Flynn’s departure, according to the Governor’s Office.

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