SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – A longtime information technology administrator for various state agencies is taking over New Mexico’s IT department.

John Salazar was appointed Friday as secretary of the Department of Information and Technology. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office says Salazar will begin the job on Monday.

Lujan Grisham’s office says Salazar has more than 25 years of experience in IT and management. He’s a longtime chief information officer who has led technology teams at the Department of Workforce Solutions and the Taxation and Revenue Department, as well as at a private firm in Santa Fe.

Lujan Grisham’s office says outgoing secretary Vince Martinez is stepping down to pursue other opportunities.

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