S.F. County at­tor­ney, fi­nance di­rec­tor named

Fred­er­ick re­places Shaf­fer, who was re­cently ap­pointed as a First Dis­trict judge

Santa Fe New Mexican - - THE WEATHER - By Tripp Stel­nicki Con­tact Tripp Stel­nicki at 505-428-7626 or tstel­nicki@sfnewmex­i­can.com.

Santa Fe County gov­ern­ment an­nounced Tues­day that it filled a pair of high-level ad­min­is­tra­tive po­si­tions.

An as­sis­tant Santa Fe County at­tor­ney was pro­moted to the top post in the County At­tor­ney’s Of­fice, and a for­mer deputy cab­i­net sec­re­tary for the state De­part­ment of Fi­nance and Ad­min­is­tra­tion will be­come county fi­nance di­rec­tor.

Bruce Fred­er­ick, an as­sis­tant at­tor­ney for the county since 2015, re­places Gre­gory Shaf­fer, who was ap­pointed a judge for the First Ju­di­cial Dis­trict by Gov. Su­sana Martinez in early Oc­to­ber. Shaf­fer’s county salary was listed on­line as $126,000.

Fred­er­ick, orig­i­nally from Santa Ana Heights, Calif., moved to New Mex­ico in 1985 to study ground­wa­ter hy­drol­ogy at New Mex­ico Tech, where he re­ceived a mas­ter’s de­gree.

He re­me­di­ated ground­wa­ter con­tam­i­na­tion sites with the New Mex­ico En­vi­ron­men­tal Im­prove­ment Di­vi­sion, ac­cord­ing to a county news re­lease, and has also worked in pri­vate prac­tice as well as with the non­profit New Mex­ico En­vi­ron­men­tal Law Cen­ter. Fred­er­ick re­ceived his law de­gree from The Univer­sity of New Mex­ico in 1993.

His of­fice pro­vides le­gal coun­sel to elected county of­fi­cials and the county man­ager.

Mean­while, Stephanie Schardin Clarke was an­nounced as the new county fi­nance di­rec­tor, re­plac­ing Don Moya, who re­signed from the county in early Oc­to­ber, ac­cord­ing to a let­ter ob­tained un­der a pub­lic records re­quest.

Moya’s salary was listed on­line as $107,000.

Schardin Clarke, most re­cently a deputy Cab­i­net sec­re­tary, worked 14 years with the state, serv­ing as an econ­o­mist for both the De­part­ment of Fi­nance and Ad­min­is­tra­tion as well as the Leg­isla­tive Fi­nance Com­mit­tee. She also worked as deputy and di­rec­tor of the state Board of Fi­nance.

Schardin Clarke, orig­i­nally from Fargo, N.D., re­ceived a bach­e­lor’s in eco­nom­ics from Ge­orge Washington Univer­sity and a mas­ter’s in the same sub­ject from UNM.

Moya is a for­mer chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer for Al­bu­querque Pub­lic Schools who filed a whistle­blower suit against the dis­trict in 2015. In his let­ter of res­ig­na­tion from the county, he wrote, “My pas­sion is fi­nance for ed­u­ca­tional sys­tems, and I in­tend to pur­sue op­por­tu­ni­ties in that field.” The Al­bu­querque Journal re­cently re­ported the case was headed to me­di­a­tion.

Bruce Fred­er­ick

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