|Memo reads: "Dr. Catherine Torres resigns".|
Ding Dong! The Witch is dead. Which old Witch? The Wicked Witch!
Ding Dong! The Wicked Witch is dead.
Governor Susana Martinez finally poured a bucket of water on Dr. Catherine Torres killing her tumultuous tenor at New Mexico’s Department of Health (Technically, Dr. Torres resigned effective October 15th). No word yet what will happen to all her flying monkey henchmen but those who are classified employees will have a new boss to brown-nose to so they can ensure their survival.
Torres cites personal reasons including the passing of her mother and her wanting to spend more time with her family. We do extend our condolences Dr. Torres and her family for their loss which was several months ago. It was inevitable that Dr. Torres' stay at DOH would end with her leaving prematurely. Brad McGrath will be acting cabinet secretary until a replacement is found.
Employees in the Runnels building have been happy, excited and relieved. One employee stated that it seems like a good dream and they are afraid they will wake up and Torres' reign would continue. Only one thing is certain and that is DOH employees do see brighter days ahead. Employees still have not received anything from management about the announcement other than some divisions circulating an email with following press release. Brad McGrath is said to be sending an email this afternoon with this new development and what it means to the department.
Here is the news release:
Dr. Torres’ welcomed departure does not solve all of DOH’s problems but it does allow employees and the public to hope that someday there might be light at the end of the tunnel. We aren't hanging up any "Mission Accomplished," banners just yet.
Joey Peters of the Santa Fe Reporter put up this blog post. Milan Simonich also had a blog post that fairly summarized Torres' tenure at DOH. Twitter lit up with posts of Torres' resignation with some even describing her as "embattled."
What are your thoughts on this remarkable piece of news? We will add info to this post as it becomes available.
The Santa Fe New Mexican wrote an article that has more substance than the standard rehash of press release. The story does highlight DOH employees out on administrative leave like Lori Montegomery whom has been on paid admin leave since July 18th as well as our website.
Link to SF New Mexican - Read the story here. to SF New Mexican
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