Thursday, October 6, 2011

It's Official. Block Resigns

Jerome Block, Jr., as required by his plea agreement, has formally submitted his letter of resignation from the Public Regulation Commission. It's effective Friday at 3 p.m.

Here's the letter

Jerome Block Jr. Resignation Letter

UPDATE: 4 p.m. Here's a statement from PRC Chairman Pat Lyons:

“Today, we as a Commission accepted Jerome's resignation from the PRC, and while we hope he gets the help and support he needs during this trying time, the citizens of New Mexico deserve a Commission that is 100 percent focused on the regulatory matters before it. Unfortunately, the allegations surrounding former Commissioner Block overshadowed the important work this Commission is tasked to perform. We now look forward to continuing our efforts without this unfortunate distraction.”

Another little update I was working on when this news broke: This morning I joked on Twitter and Facebook, "I had a terrible nightmare last night: Gov's office found a stash of 63 more applications for PRC position. Woke up screaming."

That was a reference to my story about the 87 people who applied for Block's job.

Sometimes nightmares do come true. Just a little in this case though.

I was informed by Gov. Martinez's office that indeed there was an 88th resume that somehow had been left out of all the documents they gave me yesterday. It's Ivie Vigil, who works as administrative manager of the city of Santa Fe's Recreation Services Division.