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By Hannah Grover |
The New Mexico Environment Departments Environmental Protection Division director announced on Monday that she will be retiring, effective at the end of the month.
Sandra Ely, who has been leading the division for three decades, has been with NMED in various capacities starting in 1994. A brief break was taken from 2015 to 2019, when she was with Santa Fe County managing Aamodt Water Settlement.
Ely stated in a press release that she feels very fortunate to have been part of the Environment Department family for so many years. “The mission of the agency and the commitment by staff to environmental protection and public health is inspiring and kept me going every day.
She was one of NMED’s key architects for the new Climate Change Bureau. During her time as Environmental Protection Division director, she oversaw initiatives such the ozone precursor and clean car regulations.
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According to a press release from NMED, the department hopes to fill the division director position by April. NMED is also seeking applicants for the Water Protection Division Director and the Resource Protection Division Division Director.