Governor announces interim chief of staff

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Sep. 9—Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday announced Courtney Kerster will serve as interim chief of staff when Matthew L. Garcia leaves her administration at the end of the month.

Kerster has served as Lujan Grisham's senior advisor and director of federal affairs since the outset of the governor's administration. She previously served as Lujan Grisham's deputy chief of staff and legislative director when Lujan Grisham was in Congress.

"Courtney has been an integral part of my leadership team for nearly a decade — I look forward to her service as interim chief of staff and appreciate her dedication to the state and our ongoing work on behalf of New Mexicans," the governor said in a statement.

Kerster's salary will increase from $133,900 to $158,700, which is what Garcia's current salary is, according to gubernatorial spokeswoman Nora Meyers Sackett.

Garcia, chief of staff since November 2020, is leaving the administration "to continue the confirmation process for a position on the federal bench," a news release states. President Joe Biden nominated Garcia to a U.S. District Court judgeship in July.

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