NM Health Secretary Catherine Torres resigning
Posted at: 10/01/2012 10:56 AM
| Updated at: 10/01/2012 11:28 AM
By: The Associated Press and KOB.com Staff
Photo: Catherine Torres
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Catherine Torres is resigning as secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health after serving in the position for the last 18 months.
Her resignation was announced Monday and is effective Oct. 15. Gov. Susana Martinez named the Las Cruces pediatrician as secretary of the Health Department in January 2011.
Torres says in a written statement that she is proud of her work with the health department but decided it was time to move on after the death of her mother.
She says also she wants to spend more time with her family.
“I’m grateful to Dr. Torres for her hard work leading one of our largest state agencies,” said Governor Martinez.
“During her time as Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Torres demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the health and well-being of all New Mexicans. I thank her for her service and I wish her the very best in her future endeavors.”
“It has been an honor to serve as the Cabinet Secretary for the Department of Health for nearly two years,” Dr. Torres commented.
“I am extremely proud of the work that we have been able to accomplish to improve our state and the lives of the people of New Mexico. Unfortunately, due to recent personal developments, including the passing of my mother and a heartfelt desire to spend time with my family, it is time to move on. I thank the governor for her confidence in me as the leader of the New Mexico Department of Health.”
Deputy Secretary Brad McGrath will assume the duties of secretary until a replacement is appointed.
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