Several hours before Albuquerque Public Safety Director Darren White announced his retirement in the face of controversy, I asked Gov. Susana Martinez about White's future on the state Judicial Standards Commission, to which Martinez had appointed him earlier this year.
This was right after the governor's speech to the state Bar Association this morning. She told me that anyone who has “done wrong” shouldn’t be allowed to serve on state boards and commissions. But she added that she’d reserve judgment on the actions of White until an independent investigation into the accident was completed.
“’I’m just going to step back and let the process work,” Martinez told a reporter following the governor’s speech at the annual meeting of the State Bar of New Mexico at the Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino in Pojoaque on Friday morning.
Shortly after White's announcement, Martinez spokesman Scott Darnell confirmed that White had resigned from Judicial Standards.