S.F. County attorney, finance director named
Frederick replaces Shaffer, who was recently appointed as a First District judge
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.