SANTA FE ― Thursday, Gov. Susana Martinez announced the appointment of Ned Fuller as acting cabinet secretary of the General Services Department.
The appointment comes after the retirement of Secretary Ed Burckle, who served as head of GSD since 2011. Fuller previously served as litigation bureau chief of the New Mexico Risk Management Division. He has also served as a district court judge in the Second Judicial District Court.
“I have complete confidence that Ned brings the experience and skills necessary to lead the General Services Department,” Martinez said. “His previous experience with the state, along with his extensive legal background will be a huge asset to my administration and the team at GSD. I look forward to working with him.”
“I am grateful for Secretary Burckle’s hard work in service to the people of New Mexico,” Martinez also said. “His dedication and leadership will be missed, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
Fuller’s legal background includes work at various law firms and offices across New Mexico. In 2000, he began his work with the state as assistant director at the New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Administration. He has also served as an administrative law judge and director of the New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Administration.
“It is an honor to be chosen by the Governor to lead the General Services Department,” Fuller said. “I know it’s going to be a big job, but I’m ready to get to work. It’s critical that our state resources are managed responsibly.”
Fuller holds a juris doctorate from Brigham Young University Law School in Provo, Utah. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.