Three local residents tapped to serve on Denish transition team

By QCS Staff

Three Tucumcari residents have been asked to serve on Lt. Gov. Diane Denish’s transition team, said Chris Cervini, transition communications director.

Selected to serve on Denish’s transition Energy Committee is former Tucumcari mayor, Mary Mayfield, and on the Government Efficiency and Finance Committee is Quay County Commission Chairman Franklin McCasland, Cervini said.

Also asked to serve is Ron Wilmot, who cochairs the Democratic Party of Quay County, Cervini said.

Wilmot has been asked to serve as an advisor, with other county political officers from the state, on political matters, Cervini said.

A Tucumcari native and graduate of Tucumcari High School, Kathy Keith, is serving as transition director. She is the point person to the Governor’s Office and overall manager of transition activities, according to a press release.

Keith joins the staff from Public Works, LLC a private firm which assists governors and their cabinet agencies nationwide on projects involving planning, innovative policy and efficiency.

Previously Keith served as the director of Economic Development Division for the State of New Mexico (2003-2006), as the director of the federal program to rebuild Los Alamos following the Cerro Grande Fire (2000-2002), as the White House liaison at the U.S. Department of Energy (1998-2000) and for the United States Congress (1993-1998) in various capacities. She holds a bachelors degree in journalism and political science from Texas Tech University.

Denish has set up her transition team in anticipation of assuming the role of governor when Gov. Bill Richardson steps down to fill the position of U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Richardson was selected to fill that commerce seat by President-elect Barack Obama.

Denish has established a transition advisory team with a diverse committee of more than 125 New Mexicans from across the state to gather input and make recommendations about how state government can be more effective in meeting the financial challenges New Mexico faces, according to a press release.

Denish has also encouraged the citizens of New Mexico to contact her via the transition2008@dianedenish.com e-mail address.