New Mexico governor-elect makes more cabinet appointments

December 19, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Democratic legislator from southern New Mexico was appointed Wednesday to lead the state labor department as Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham announced another round of cabinet picks in preparation for taking office Jan. 1.

Bill McCamley will lead the state Department of Workforce Solutions, which is charged with preparing workers to meet the needs of businesses around the state. The agency administers training programs, keeps track of employment trends and participates in economic development and education initiatives.

McCamley’s legislative term wraps up at the end of the year. He did not seek re-election to the seat because he bid instead for state auditor. He lost to Brian Colon in the primary.

A lawmaker since 2013, McCamley has chaired the House Labor and Economic Development Committee, which has dealt with issues like increasing the minimum wage.

McCamley graduated from Mayfield High School and went on to earn a degree in government from New Mexico State University. He later graduated from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University with a master’s degree in public policy.

The other appointments include attorney Alice Liu McCoy to head the Aging and Long-Term Services Department and Jackie White to oversee homeland security and emergency management. White is a captain with Albuquerque Fire Rescue.

McCoy works with Disability Rights New Mexico, an organization that represents New Mexicans with disabilities in legal cases and provides legislative and regulatory advocacy. She earned a law degree from the University of Texas in 2010 and an undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University.

White has worked with Albuquerque’s fire and rescue agency since 2002. Prior to overseeing homeland security and emergency management for the department, she was the captain of fire investigations. She also has managed emergency response for the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta and all city-sponsored special events.

White became a U.S. citizen in 2015. Before that, she competed on the Canadian Olympic softball team from 1997 until her retirement in 2005.

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