Weekly update – July 29

Candidate on leave to comply with personnel rules

Democrat candidate for county treasurer Rachel Toney is on unpaid administrative leave from her state job to comply with personnel rules, according to a spokesman for the New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department.

Enrique Knell said state employment rules require any CYFD employee seeking partisan public office be placed on unpaid leave until after the election. Those same rules forbid employees from holding partisan public office.

Toney confirmed she was placed on leave June 7 as an administrator at the state's juvenile probation and parole office.

A District Court judge recently ruled as unconstitutional similar personnel rules for employees of the city of Albuquerque. Knell said while that ruling may apply to Albuquerque, it doesn't apply to state employees.

Toney faces Republican and Acting Curry County Treasurer Debbie Spriggs in the November general election.

— Robin Fornoff

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