The Office of the Chief of Staff
About the Office of the Chief of Staff
NM Statute 8-5-5
A. The commission shall appoint a chief of staff who is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the commission staff under the general direction of the commission. The chief of staff shall serve at the pleasure of the commission.
B. With the consent of the commission, the chief of staff shall appoint division directors.Appointments shall be made without reference to party affiliation and solely on the ground of fitness to perform the duties of their offices.
C. Each director, with the consent of the chief of staff, shall employ such professional,technical and support staff as necessary to carry out the duties of his division. Employees shall be hired solely on the ground of their fitness to perform the job for which they are hired. Except as provided in Subsection D of this section, division staff are subject to the provisions of the Personnel Act 10-9-1 NMSA 1978.
D. With the consent of the chief of staff, the superintendent of insurance may designate the following insurance division positions as exempt from the provisions of the Personnel Act 10-9-1 NMSA 1978: deputy superintendents, chief actuaries and bureau chiefs.
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief of Staff
1120 Paseo De Peralta
P.O. Box 1269
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504
The Chief of Staff provides essential support for the five Public Regulation Commissioners in the following ways:
• By collaborating on a regular basis with Division Directors to ensure that the Public Regulation Commission's policies are being implemented
• By attending every Public Regulation Commission work session and open meeting to report the progress that Divisions are making
• By providing leadership in preparing and monitoring the Public Regulation Commission budget
• By preparing key reports such as the Annual Report to the Legislative Finance Committee
• By serving as the coordination point for public relations and information
• By ensuring, during the legislative sessions, that the Public Regulation Commission responds to all legislative analysis requests made by state lawmakers
Division Directors meet on a monthly basis to introduce policy initiatives, consider high-level operational issues, and monitor the progress of ongoing projects. These meetings have improved the Commission’s ability to respond quickly and efficiently to fiscal and operational challenges, and generate innovative ideas to support strategic planning.
The Chief of Staff’s Office, in collaboration with the Division Directors, has worked to implement procedures that ensure performance-based budgeting goals and performance measure targets are met. As part of these efforts, the Chief of Staff’s Office has supported Division Directors in filling staff vacancies in essential operation areas.
Through competent prioritization and effective communications, the Chief of Staff’s Office is committed to helping the Public Regulation Commission ensure the quality, affordability, and continuity of services to New Mexico consumers and industry.
The Coming Year
The Chief of Staff’s Office will continue to assist the Public Regulation Commissioners and Division Directors in reviewing existing programs. These efforts will provide the insights and understanding necessary to pursue and obtain new or increased project funding, supporting program expansion and increasing the quality of services provided to the citizens and businesses of New Mexico.
The Chief of Staff’s Office will collaborate with Division Directors to create an environment of system-oriented, continuous quality improvement that supports informed and efficient program evaluation. It is the responsibility of the Chief of Staff to ensure the implementation of any legislation that effects the PRC.