Missing man’s body found
CHAMA — Search and rescue teams have found the body of a man who had been missing for more than a week after becoming separated from his wife in the mountains of northern New Mexico.
New Mexico State Police confirm 55-year-old Neda Labjevardi was found Friday. Searchers say Labjevardi was about two and a half miles from his vehicle.
There are indications he likely died as a result of exposure, but State Police Sgt. Emmanuel Gutierrez says the exact cause of death will not be known until an autopsy is completed.
The search began last Sunday when his wife was rescued by a group of hunters after spending several days in the wilderness.
Authorities say the couple became separated after their vehicle got stuck near Chama and they tried to find help.
Two finalists for NMFA job
SANTA FE — A former state agency administrator is under consideration to become CEO of the New Mexico Finance Authority.
City of Albuquerque chief administrative officer Rob Perry is a finalist along with Texas Public Finance Authority executive director Robert Coalter.
Perry was Corrections Department secretary in 1997-2002 under former Gov. Gary Johnson.
The NMFA governing board will interview finalists on Nov. 4, and is expected to make a decision that week.
Rick May was fired as CEO last year after the discovery that a financial audit had been faked and distributed to potential investors.
NMFA ex-controller Greg Campbell pleaded guilty to forgery and securities fraud. The state auditor determined that Campbell acted alone and took no money.
Former state budget director John Gasparich has been interim CEO since August 2012.
Ortego to head Ariz. college
TUCSON, Ariz. — A former president of a New Mexico community college has been appointed interim president of Pima Community College’s downtown Tucson campus.
Sheila Ortego served as president of Santa Fe Community College from 2006-2012.
The top leadership post of Pima Community College’s downtown campus became vacant a month ago when the then-president was terminated after an investigation of complaints about campus leadership.
Ortego has graduate degrees from the University of New Mexico.