Friday, May 16, 2014

New Mexico Game Commission chooses agency director

The New Mexico Game Commission on Thursday selected a 20-year-veteran of the state Game and Fish Department to serve as the agency's new top administrator. Alexandra Sandoval was announced as department director during the commission's regular meeting in Albuquerque. She was among four finalists being considered for the position following a national search for candidates. Sandoval is currently the agency's chief financial officer and head of its administrative services division. She began her career with the department as a game warden in Roswell and Clayton and worked her way up to a wildlife specialist and a federal grant manager before taking over the department's financial responsibilities. Sandoval will be the second female director in the department's 101-year history. She will oversee more than 300 employees and an annual budget of more than $38 million. The other finalists were Edward "Ted" Koch, a supervisor with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Nevada; Brian Wakeling, wildlife management branch supervisor for the Arizona Game and Fish Department; and Mathew Wunder, chief of the state Game and Fish Department's ecological and environmental planning...more

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