Sec­re­tary Fouratt Con­firmed

Catron Courier - - Opinions & Editorial -

In March, the NM Se­nate unan­i­mously con­firmed Cabi­net Sec­re­tary Gre­gory J. Fouratt to con­tinue his lead­er­ship over the NM Depart­ment of Public Safety. Sec­re­tary Fouratt was ap­pointed by Gover­nor Su­sana Martinez and be­gan over­see­ing the Depart­ment of Public Safety on March 15, 2014.

Sec­re­tary Fouratt has a highly qual­i­fied back­ground to lead the Depart­ment of Public Safety. He served as a pros­e­cu­tor at the US At­tor­ney’s Of­fice in NM for seven­teen years, pros­e­cut­ing the full range of nar­cotics, firearm, rack­e­teer­ing, im­mi­gra­tion, and vi­o­lent crimes, in­clud­ing death penalty pros­e­cu­tions.

From Jan­uary 2008 un­til May 2010, Sec­re­tary Fouratt served by ap­point­ment of the US Dis­trict Court as US At­tor­ney for NM. In that ca­pac­ity, he was the chief fed­eral law en­force­ment of­fi­cer.

Sec­re­tary Fouratt is also a mil­i­tary vet­eran. From 1988 to 2012, he served on ac­tive duty in the US Air Force and the Air Force Re­serve. He re­tired in Septem­ber 2012, with the rank of Lieu­tenant Colonel. Raised in Roswell, Sec­re­tary Fouratt re­ceived his Bach­e­lor of Arts de­gree from NMU and his Mas­ter from Golden Gate Uni­ver­sity in 1991.

‘As a mat­ter of fact, I do need to sleep 24 hours a day.’

‘Yes, I threw up in your shoes—don’t leave next time and I won’t.’

‘The sofa looks bet­ter with me and my hair on it.’

‘Why’d you buy me a scratch­ing post...the whole house is my scratch­ing post.’

And of course, ‘The neigh­bors feed me bet­ter than you do.’

When I pointed out the ob­vi­ous fact that cats don’t have money, Tiger smiled and said, “That’s the ge­nius of it! I plan to hire a bunch of neigh­bor­hood kids to fol­low the cats to their house and write down the ad­dress. I’ll just bill the own­ers! You see, cats just don’t like re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, and own­ers are just used to that. Be­sides, who can re­sist a cute cat-face that’s just beg­ging you to do some­thing great for them!”

Tiger and Kat hope to have their store open by next April first, and if suc­cess­ful will ex­pand into other un­nec­es­sary cat items.

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