He replaces Lupe Martinez, who resigned in August, shortly after her live-in boyfriend became the subject of a police investigation for firing a gun outside of their home on the penitentiary grounds.
According a news release from the Governor's Office:
Marcantel served in the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office for almost 19 years, most recently holding the rank of Captain and assigned as the Division Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division. In addition, he led the department’s Support Services Division, overseeing the agency’s $31 million budget and managing many of its operations. Marcantel has also held the rank of Captain with the Bernalillo Police Department and served as a Law Enforcement Coordination Manager for the United States Department of Justice. He was also elected Executive Director of the New Mexico Gang Task Force. He has served as Deputy Secretary for the New Mexico Department of Public Safety since June 2011. Marcantel holds a Master of Science degree in Forensic Science and Legal Psychology from the University of Leicester and a Bachelor degree in Criminal Justice from Chaminade University of Honolulu. He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and served in Operation Desert Storm. He is a resident of Sandoval County.
Interestly, Marcantel was quoted in an investigative piece on Corrections Department problems in the New Mexico Watchdog: "Marcantel said he doesn’t consider himself part of long-term management at Corrections. During his interim role, he is determined to get a handle on problems while not upstaging whomever soon steps in to lead the department."
The governor also announced that she is filing three vacant warden positions. Two of the three have been serving as acting wardens at their respective prisons.