ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An administrative law judge has ruled that New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's chief of staff must testify next week at a State Personnel Board hearing for a former Department of Corrections employee who was fired.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that Martinez's office objected to the subpoena of Keith Gardner, the governor's chief of staff, in an employment appeal by former corrections employee Larry Flynn.
Flynn was investigated last fall for allegedly firing a handgun at a rattlesnake nest outside the residence he shared with then-Corrections Secretary Lupe Martinez.
He was already on paid leave while he was being investigated for alleged time card falsification.
Lupe Martinez claims Gardner directed Cabinet secretaries to use private email accounts to circumvent public records requests.
New Mexico is located in the southwestern region of the U.S. Inhabited by Native American populations for many centuries, New Mexico has also been part of Imperial Spain, part of Mexico, and a U.S. territory.