SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez announced the appointment of David Jablonski as acting cabinet secretary of the Corrections Department following the retirement of Secretary Gregg Marcantel.
Jablonski brings more than 18 years of state and federal law enforcement and corrections leadership experience to the department.
“I’ve had great respect for David’s commitment to service and professionalism since I was a prosecutor in Dona Ana County,” Martinez said. “He has exactly the right combination of skills and experience to oversee the Corrections Department while we continue our search for a permanent replacement.”
Prior to his appointment as acting cabinet secretary, Jablonski served as deputy superintendent of the Regulation and Licensing Department (RLD). Before his time at RLD, he served as a member of Martinez’s executive office staff, responsible for overseeing multiple agencies related to public safety, law enforcement, and corrections, including DPS, NMCD, and others. Jablonski also spent 14 years serving New Mexico with the Corrections Department, concluding as director of the Probation and Parole Division.
“I’m grateful for Governor Martinez’s confidence and leadership,” Jablonski said. “I appreciate this latest opportunity to once again work to keep New Mexicans safe with the men and women of the Corrections Department, and am looking forward to assisting with the search for a permanent cabinet secretary any way I can.”
In addition to his corrections and other government service experience, Jablonski has also served as a law enforcement training instructor. He is also a decorated U.S. Air Force veteran, honorably discharged as a sergeant in 1991. Jablonski holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.