The state Foundation for Open Government has named Terry Schleder, a health advocate and policy consultant, as the organization's new Executive Director.
It's the first time the watchdog group has named someone other than a journalist to that position.
According to a news release, Schleder has been field director for the New Mexico Alliance for Retired Americans since 2009. He has worked in and with state government in the Department of Health since receiving his Masters' in Public Health from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.
"Terry brings a wealth of organization leadership to the NMFOG and a strong understanding of our mission, Terri Cole, president of the FOG Board said in the news release.
Schleder, the statement said, "presented organization plans to the FOG search committee for 1, 3 and 5 years out which were well thought out and showed a strategy of growth for the organization and broader understanding of the Sunshine Laws in our state."
Schleder starts work July 10. He replaces Gwenyth Doland, who resigned earlier this year.