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New Mexico State Senate Reconfirms Celina Bussey as Secretary of the Department of Workforce Solutions

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                                

February 26, 2015                                                                                                                                                                               

 

 

 

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New Mexico State Senate Reconfirms Celina Bussey as Secretary of the Department of Workforce Solutions

 

(Santa Fe) – The New Mexico State Senate has reconfirmed Celina Bussey as Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS). Secretary Bussey was initially confirmed in March 2011 after being appointed by Governor Susana Martinez in January 2011.

 

“I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to serve Governor Martinez and the State of New Mexico for a second term,” Secretary Bussey said. “I truly believe that the department has made great strides to serve all of its customers with the utmost integrity and compassion. Over the next four years, it is my sincere hope that we will continue our effort to build and strengthen a competitive workforce to meet the needs of all employers.”

 

Under Secretary Bussey’s leadership, the department has improved service delivery and increased integrity in the vast array of programs administered by NMDWS and has worked to align and streamline the services and resources in areas such as Unemployment Insurance and employment services. The Department of Workforce Solutions has cut Unemployment Insurance fraud by 60% and significantly reduced overpayment rates. Currently, New Mexico is ranked in the top ten of all states in the country for timeliness of benefit payments and quality of determinations. The department successfully launched the Unemployment Insurance Tax & Claims System in 2013, marking the first time any state has simultaneously launched an integrated UI tax and claims system.

 

Secretary Bussey began her career in state government at the department in 2002 when she was the State Director of Apprenticeship with the then New Mexico Department of Labor. Prior to her appointment as Cabinet Secretary in 2011, Secretary Bussey served as the Executive Director for the Northern New Mexico Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc. (IEC) for five years. Born and raised in Albuquerque, Ms. Bussey received a bachelor of arts in political science and communications from the University of New Mexico.

 

The Secretary's vision for the department is to become more engaged with the business community and to promote the vast array of employment-related services and resources. Her vision includes the Department of Workforce Solutions as a leader in and a facilitator of a competitive workforce for the benefit of all New Mexicans.

 

 

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