Rio Rancho, NM – Commissioner Jay Block issues statement on the resignation of Brian Blalock as Secretary of the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD).

“I applaud the removal of Brian Blalock from his position as head of CYFD. This is both a great and tragic week for New Mexico. Great because one of the Governor’s greatest failures is no longer hurting New Mexico’s most vulnerable population, but tragic that our state has been subjected to such ineffective leadership for so long. Under Blalock’s poor stewardship, CYFD failed to adequately protect our state’s children from abuse, failed to be transparent, state laws were violated, whistleblowers were retaliated against, and a host of other department failures were raised.

Is the Governor naïve enough to think that the mounting issues within the department would just go away on their own? She is in charge and responsible for poorly choosing the members of her cabinet. She is responsible for not acting sooner. She continues to fail the people of our state. It’s a shame we have to wait until next year to finally replace a failed Governor.”

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