Search and rescue resource officer let go by gov.

After a little more than three months on the job as the first New Mexico Search and Rescue resource officer in several years, Peter Olson was fired Thursday as part of Gov. Full Story
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Go Susana

Las Cruces, NM

#2 Jan 8, 2011
Great Gov Martinez get rid of all Richardson's buddies. But even more exciting perhaps, is this news: Olson said he has decided to ask his girlfriend of one year, Deb Dominguez, to marry him. He will have more time for his honeymoon.
FU Elkstine

Mexico

#3 Jan 8, 2011
Don't trust anyone Fat Bill put into office. Sounds to me like the guy is crying in his beer. He states"I was going to do this and was going to do that" BS, just another overpaid buddy of Fat Bill. I pat myself on the back for what I've done. Not what I was going to do.
this

Las Cruces, NM

#4 Jan 8, 2011
One would think there are some positions that aren't political. Maybe?
Dark Raven

United States

#6 Jan 8, 2011
Hey Late Night, if you think this is an important service, get out your check book and start funding it. Personally I think it is a nice to have, but I am not willing to pay taxes to fund it. If you are willing to fund it, go for it but you can't have my tax dollars. Three cheers for Martinez for fiscal responsibility.
For the record I am an avid hiker in the Gila and Leopold wildnernesses. If I manage to get lost, I always assume I am on my own; I wouldn't fund people to come find me. Time we all understand the money is running out and it's time to tighten our belts. Households are doing it, so should government.
Your hatred and sour remarks are truly sad.

Since: Jan 09

Las Cruces, NM

#7 Jan 8, 2011
To the victors go the spoils.

Since: Dec 10

Location hidden

#8 Jan 8, 2011
there wrote:
<quoted text>
are some positions that have been filled by gov-exempt hires that actually did go to qualified people because the state pay scale was not competitive any other way.
Rather than bitch about the old news - and most of this is very old news - how about a reform that limits the reach of the executive in appointing at will and reviews the qualifications of appointments? There is no rational reason for the type and number of positions that are filled under any administration through the appointment process. Have them advertised, do a search and pick the best person. Then perhaps all the good people who work for the state would have an advancement opportunity to aspire to, rather than wondering whether they will be working under an incompetent turkey or political hack or(by dumb luck) someone who knows something and they can respect.
Yup. You nailed it.
Former New Mexican

Morris, IL

#9 Jan 8, 2011
See all these people she is letting go and cutting their pay. Has she done anything to cut her own or those of other elected state officials?
Wasteful

Las Cruces, NM

#10 Jan 8, 2011
Late Nite wrote:
This reads like a great opportunity with someone who actually knows how to do the job was tossed into the trash by some dip who has no clue and is only out for her own selfish political means. This is crap. Martinez has the mentality of a corporate tool and Palin brain. Too many good people who are more than capable in their jobs are being dismissed because Martinez is a diabolical misfit.
Yes, let's keep adding more civil servants for the tax payers to pay for. Why is big government better than smaller more economical government? It's time to clean house and remove $150,000 chefs and other wasteful spending civil servant positions.

Search and Rescue, give me a break, today cell phones track your every move and location for Law Enforcement, why pay for a Search and Rescue person, the authorities already know where you are 24/7/365.
Jett Krash

San Antonio, TX

#11 Jan 8, 2011
Don't feel to sorry for him, probably has a nice fat state pension already banked. These double dippers are draining state coffers of tax dollars. Good riddance. Surely the NMSP or other agency has a similar position or function.
NM Backpacker

Albuquerque, NM

#12 Jan 8, 2011
Dark Raven wrote:
Hey Late Night, if you think this is an important service, get out your check book and start funding it. Personally I think it is a nice to have, but I am not willing to pay taxes to fund it. If you are willing to fund it, go for it but you can't have my tax dollars. Three cheers for Martinez for fiscal responsibility.
For the record I am an avid hiker in the Gila and Leopold wildnernesses. If I manage to get lost, I always assume I am on my own; I wouldn't fund people to come find me. Time we all understand the money is running out and it's time to tighten our belts. Households are doing it, so should government.
Your hatred and sour remarks are truly sad.
well said! you probably shouldn't expect anyone to come to your aid if your house is being robbed or is burning to the ground. don't want to waste tax dollars on that either.

the sar resource officer is the only paid search and rescue position in the state. that position pays poorly (comparatively). it is a necessary position, and should not be left vacant for long. the entire rest of the sar community is comprised of volunteers who VOLUNTEER their own time, money and equipment "so others may live." so, very little tax money is actually used to save the lives of those in need.
NM Backpacker

Albuquerque, NM

#14 Jan 8, 2011
Wasteful wrote:
<quoted text>
Yes, let's keep adding more civil servants for the tax payers to pay for. Why is big government better than smaller more economical government? It's time to clean house and remove $150,000 chefs and other wasteful spending civil servant positions.
Search and Rescue, give me a break, today cell phones track your every move and location for Law Enforcement, why pay for a Search and Rescue person, the authorities already know where you are 24/7/365.
search and rescue primarily specializes in wilderness search and rescue. mobile phone tracking needs a signal to a cell phone tower to happen. not always possible in the mountains of new mexico. also, not all missions are searches. many are rescues where the location of a person is already known.

nm sar is comprised of many VOLUNTEERS who are willing to donate their time, money and equipment to help those is need. so, very little tax money is used to fund this operation.
NM Backpacker

Albuquerque, NM

#15 Jan 8, 2011
Jett Krash wrote:
Don't feel to sorry for him, probably has a nice fat state pension already banked. These double dippers are draining state coffers of tax dollars. Good riddance. Surely the NMSP or other agency has a similar position or function.
that was the nmsp position.
Valley Native

Rio Rancho, NM

#16 Jan 8, 2011
I like how the article talks about what he was going to do instead of what he had actually done while in the position. I would much prefer the organizations that actually do the searches receive grant money as apposed to another bureaucrat writing a manual to tell them how to do their job. Get used to it people, government is bloated, the state is broke, and lots of cuts will be required to balance the budget.

“Down in the Bayou”

Since: Apr 08

Vancleave Mississippi

#17 Jan 8, 2011
As New Mexico slowly slips back into the repressed and dingy 1950's era of policies and corruption, the "Martinez effect" rolls on....
s and r

Albuquerque, NM

#18 Jan 8, 2011
He was not there to make money. Just help.
FU Elkstine

Mexico

#19 Jan 8, 2011
RIGHT ON DARK RAVEN. You too THERE.
You guys hit the nail on the head. To bad our representatives don't see it our way when it comes to taxes.
reb

Las Cruces, NM

#21 Jan 8, 2011
If you take a job in the waning days of a govenorship, and get canned when a new one takes over, don't be surprised, call the whambulance.
CornDogz

Albuquerque, NM

#23 Jan 8, 2011
Late Nite wrote:
This reads like a great opportunity with someone who actually knows how to do the job was tossed into the trash by some dip who has no clue and is only out for her own selfish political means. This is crap. Martinez has the mentality of a corporate tool and Palin brain. Too many good people who are more than capable in their jobs are being dismissed because Martinez is a diabolical misfit.
Everything I've read so far say he wasn't qualified to hold that position. Do you have some facts to show otherwise?
CornDogz

Albuquerque, NM

#24 Jan 8, 2011
Former New Mexican wrote:
See all these people she is letting go and cutting their pay. Has she done anything to cut her own or those of other elected state officials?
She can't cut her own idi0t, that requires legislative action.
Eugene your hero

Albuquerque, NM

#25 Jan 8, 2011
Another good reason to get all the wasted money back. Fire all the made up jobs and spend the money on rehabing the state.

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