New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands
|New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012 FY Budget:||$13,618,900|
|Term limits:||2 terms|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||New Mexico Constitution, Article V, Section I|
|Next election:||November 6, 2018|
|Last election:||November 4, 2014|
|Other New Mexico Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Commissioner of Public Lands • Secretary of Education • Agriculture Secretary • Insurance Superintendent • Secretary of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources • Secretary of Workforce Solutions • Public Regulation Commission • Public Education Commission|
- 1 Current officeholder
- 2 Authority
- 3 Qualifications
- 4 Elections
- 5 Vacancies
- 6 Duties
- 7 Divisions
- 8 State budget
- 9 Compensation
- 10 Historical officeholders
- 11 Recent news
- 12 Contact information
- 13 See also
- 14 External links
- 15 References
The New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands is an elected constitutional state executive officer in the New Mexico state government.
The Commissioner leads the State Land Office, which is responsible for administering 9 million acres of surface and 13 million acres of subsurface land for the beneficiaries of the State Land Trust. The office seeks to optimize revenues while protecting the health of the land.
Under Article V, Section 1:
The executive department shall consist of a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state auditor, state treasurer, attorney general and commissioner of public lands,...
- A citizen of the United States
- At least 30 years of age
- Have resided continuously in New Mexico for five years preceding the election
New Mexico elects the commissioner of public lands in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years. For New Mexico, 2018, 2022, 2026, 2030 and 2034 are all commissioner election years.
|New Mexico Land Commissioner, 2014|
|Democratic||Ray Powell Incumbent||49.9%||249,481|
|Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.|
The land commissioner is limited to serving two consecutive four-year terms.
- See Energy policy in New Mexico for information on the state's energy portfolio and goals.
The Land Commissioner is responsible for generating and maximizing revenue from state land trusts while concurrently protecting, conserving, and maintaining the lands for use by future generations. The money generated is used to support public education and other beneficiary institutions.
These revenues are generated by the land commissioner by leasing lands for grazing, agriculture, commercial use, oil and gas drilling, mining and other activities.
The State Land Office includes the following divisions and subdivisions:
- Administrative Services
- Human Resources
- Information Technology
- Records Management
- Commercial Resources
- Planning and Development
- Renewable Energy
- Field Operations
- Mineral Resources
- Oil, Gas, and Minerals
- Royalty Management
- Legal Division
- Surface Resources
- Agricultural Leasing
- Rights of Way
- Special Projects
- Educational Outreach
- Adult Education/Tours
- Community Outreach
- See also: New Mexico state budget and finances
The Fiscal Year 2012 budget for the Commissioner of Public Lands was $13,618,900.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
The salaries of state executive officers are established by the New Mexico State Legislature as mandated in the state constitution. Article V, Section 12 of the New Mexico Constitution established initial salaries for constitutional officers with the state legislature able to adjust these salaries starting in 1922, which was 10 years after the state's admission to the United States. This constitutional provision states the following:
| Text of Section 12:
Compensation of Executive Officers
The annual compensation to be paid to the officers mentioned in Section One of this article shall be as follows: governor, five thousand dollars [($5,000)]; secretary of state, three thousand dollars [($3,000)]; state auditor, three thousand dollars [($3,000)]; state treasurer, three thousand dollars [($3,000)]; attorney general, four thousand dollars [($4,000)]; superintendent of public instruction, three thousand dollars [$3,000)]; and commissioner of public lands, three thousand dollars [($3,000)]; which compensation shall be paid to the respective officers in equal quarterly payments.
The lieutenant governor shall receive ten dollars [($10.00)] per diem while acting as presiding officer of the senate, and mileage at the same rate as a state senator.
The compensation herein fixed shall be full payment for all services rendered by said officers and they shall receive no other fees or compensation whatsoever.
The compensation of any of said officers may be increased or decreased by law after the expiration of ten years from the date of the admission of New Mexico as a state.
In 2013, the commissioner was paid an estimated $92,861.
There have been 27 commissioners of public lands since 1899. Of the 27 officeholders, seven were Republican and 20 were Democratic. The first commissioner, Alpheus A. Keen, was appointed. The second, Robert P. Ervein, was initially appointed and later elected.
|List of Former Officeholders from 1899-Present|
|1||Alpheus A. Keen||1899-1906||Republican|
|2||Robert P. Ervein||1907-1918||Republican|
|3||Fred Muller||Oct.-Dec. 1918||Democratic|
|8||Austin D. Crile||1929-1930||Republican|
|13||John E. Miles||1945-1948||Democratic|
|15||E.S. “Johnny” Walker||1953-1956||Democratic|
|16||Murray E. Morgan||1957-1960||Democratic|
|17||E.S. “Johnny” Walker||1961-1964||Democratic|
|18||Guyton B. Hays||1965-1968||Democratic|
|20||Phil R. Lucero||1975-1978||Democratic|
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State Land Office - Edward J. Lopez Building
General Contact Information
310 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe NM 87501
P.O. Box 1148, Santa Fe, NM 87504
For information on individual employees, see the employee lookup function on the official website.
- New Mexico State Land Office, "State Land Trust," accessed June 11, 2013 (dead link)
- KOB, "Dunn wins Land Commissioner seat after recount finalized," December 16, 2014
- New Mexico State Land Office, " Agency History," accessed June 11, 2013
- New Mexico State Land Office, " Divisions," accessed June 11, 2013
- Scribd, "State of New Mexico Executive Budget Recommendation Fiscal Year 2014," accessed June 12, 2013
- New Mexico Compilation Commission, "8-1-1 Compensation of elective state officers," accessed February 25, 2015
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- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed December 3, 2014
- Council of State Governments, Table 4.11 Selected State Administrative Officials: Annual Salaries," accessed January 31, 2014
- New Mexico State Land Office, " Past commissioners," accessed June 12, 2013