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Martinez makes 2 cabinet appointments

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 25, 2013 at 8:07 pm •  Published: January 25, 2013

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has tapped Retta Ward to lead the state health department.

The governor made the announcement Friday. Ward has been serving as secretary of the state Aging and Long-Term Services Department since February 2011.

Before that, she managed the arthritis program for the Arizona Department of Health Services and worked as a health educator for Albuquerque Public Schools.

Martinez says Ward has a passion for public service and an understanding of our state's public health needs.

The governor appointed Gino Rinaldi to take Ward's place as secretary of Aging and Long-term Services. He has been the agency's deputy secretary since October 2011.

Rinaldi has also worked as a senior services administrator for Sandoval County and a manager at St. Joseph's Healthcare.