Auditor Colón Elected Chair Of The Commission Of Public Records Joining State Records And Archives

Administrator Dr. Hendricks and Key State Officials in New Leadership Roles

Brian Colón, Esq., State Auditor of New Mexico

SANTA FE, NM – State Auditor Brian S. Colón was recently elected as Chair for the Commission of Public Records. New to the Commission, he joins State Records Administrator, Dr. Rick Hendricks, in leading the independent agency to ensure public records are held in trust for all New Mexicans.

“I’m deeply honored to lead the Commission in supporting good and open government by preserving our State’s history,” said Auditor Colón.  “Documenting, preserving, and protecting government records ensures the transparency we need to secure the rights of New Mexicans and preserves our history for future generations.”

Auditor Colón, as Chair, welcomes a slate of new Commissioners to represent various interests in public records. The Commission, composed of a private sector historian and representatives from the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of State government, is charged with protecting and preserving New Mexico’s public records.

New members of the Commission include: Debra Garcia y Griego, Secretary of the Department of Cultural Affairs; Ken Ortiz, Secretary of the General Services Department; and Dan Cordova, Esq., Interim New Mexico State Law Librarian.

Please meet the new Administrator and Commissioners:

Dr. Rick Hendricks, State Records Administrator

Dr. Hendricks served as the State Historian for nine years before accepting his present position. He received his BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1977. He attended the Universdad de Sevilla in Spain. He received his PhD in Ibero American Studies from the University of New Mexico in 1985. He is a former editor of the Vargas Project at the University of New Mexico. After the conclusion of the Vargas Project, he worked at New Mexico State University, most notably on the Durango Microfilming Project in the Archives and Special Collections Department. At NMSU, Dr. Hendricks also taught courses in colonial Latin America and Mexican history. He has written extensively on the history of the American Southwest and Mexico. Dr. Hendricks works in Santa Fe but calls Las Cruces home. 

Commission Members: 

Debra Garcia y Griego, Secretary of the Department of Cultural Affairs

Debra Garcia y Griego is the Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.  In this capacity, she brings more than 20 years of cultural public policy experience to the stewardship of eight museums, nine historic sites and properties, arts, historic preservation, archaeology and library programs.  Most recently, she was the Executive Director of the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission where she was responsible for implementing the City’s support of arts and cultural affairs, such as funding of local nonprofit arts organizations, operation of the Community Gallery, the Art in Public Places program, and the City’s international affairs. Secretary Garcia y Griego’s previous work experience includes Museum Campus Chicago (a multi-institutional cross-collaboration and marketing initiative consisting of the John G. Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, the Field Museum of Natural History and the Chicago Park District), Chicago a cappella, the Southwest Theater and Dance Festival, and the University of New Mexico Department of Theater and Dance.  Secretary Garcia y Griego serves as an at-large member of the Board of Directors for Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education.  She holds a Master of Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History from the University of New Mexico.

Ken Ortiz, Secretary of the General Services Department

Ken Ortiz is the Cabinet Secretary for New Mexico’s General Services Department, and was previously the administrator of business services in the Secretary of State’s Office, where he served from 2011 through 2018.  As administrator, he was responsible for the Business Services Division, which includes business-related filings for corporations, LLCs, partnerships, and more.  He led the transition of the corporations bureau from the Public Regulation Commission to the Secretary of State’s Office. He was chief of staff in that office for five years, ending in 2016.  Secretary Ortiz was Secretary of the Workforce Solutions Department from 2009 to 2010 and was Deputy Secretary in the same Cabinet before that. In his lengthy State government career, he also has served as the director of the Motor Vehicle Division and as program manager and senior tax auditor with the Taxation and Revenue Department. He has a bachelor of business administration degree from New Mexico State University. 

Dan Cordova, Esq., Interim New Mexico State Law Librarian

Dan Cordova is a dual degree lawyer-librarian, currently serving as the interim New Mexico State Law Librarian.  He earned his J.D. from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and his MLiS from the University of Arizona-Tucson.  For thirteen years, Mr. Cordova served as the Colorado Supreme Court Librarian, overseeing the Judicial Learning Center, a $2,000,000 interactive civics education space interpreting the rule oflLaw through the eyes of judges.  In addition, he served as the interim Executive Director of the Colorado Legal Help Center, a website designed to assist pro se litigants in navigating the legal system statewide.  He is past-president of both the Colorado Association of Law Libraries and the larger Colorado Association of Libraries.  He also served for three years as Chair of the Colorado Legislative Digital Policy Advisory Committee.  Mr. Cordova is excited to bring these skills and experiences to New Mexico as a Public Records Commissioner.

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