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Governor names new CYFD leader, among others

KOB Web Staff
January 07, 2019 06:28 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has just named four more members of her cabinet.


Among them is the new leader of the Children Youth and Families Department who will oversee childhood well-being in New Mexico.

“I'm feeling very good about our latest round of recruitments and interviews," Lujan Grisham said. 

Children Youth and Families Department

Brian Blalock will take over the Children, Youth and Families Department, or CYFD. Blalock has a lengthy background in youth law and will make a move to the agency from being the law and policy director at Tipping Point Community which is an anti-poverty group in the Bay Area.

“I'm an attorney by training.  I spent the last decade in California suing local government and suing state government over failures to provide important things to vulnerable populations, especially at-risk youth,” Blalock said.

Department of Public Safety

Mark Shea has been named to head the Department of Public Safety. He is currently the undersheriff of Valencia County and has been in law enforcement for more than four decades.

“What my goal is, is to get community policing not just as lip service, but as an actual working program to where we engage the community and we ask the community for the assistance in solving the problems,” Shea said.

Environment Department

James Kenney was named as head of the Environment Department after spending more than 21 years at the Environmental Protection Agency, most recently as the senior policy advisor for oil and gas.

Department of Health

Kathy Kunkel will lead the Department of Health. Kunkel spent the last four years as deputy director of the DOH overseeing multiple facets of the agency.

Governor Lujan Grisham still has not announced her pick for the top post over Public Education. She told KOB that she expects to have all cabinet positions chosen by the start of the legislative session.  All of the governor’s cabinet picks are subject to Senate confirmation.


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