The Albuquerque Journal editors did a great editorial on the Stephanie Gardner hire at PED. The editorial pressed the issues first raised by ISPAC in our pieces that the process was rigged to justify Gardner’s hire.
The Journal took the Martinez Administration to task over the changes in qualifications that led to Stephanie Gardner being the “only” qualified applicant. As we showed in our pieces, the Journal highlighted that the requirement of classroom teaching within the past twelve months, despite being an advanced administrative position eliminated more qualified applicants, who had years of pertinent administrative experience. It is really nice to see the Journal step up on this one. Hopefully, that will continue. Read the editorial here.
As for Stephanie Gardner and her husband, Martinez Chief of Staff Keith Gardner, they both should resign over this abuse of power. Taxpayer money should not be used as an exclusive jobs program for the Gardner household.