Nearly identical press releases announce same hire 4 years apart

A state department is priding itself on hiring the first female leader of the State Parks Division, even though she’s had the job for years.

The press release noting the appointment of the new director, Christy Tafoya, is very similar to a 2015 press release making the same announcement.

The 2019 release says that with this hire, Tafoya is the first woman to fill the top leadership role in State Parks history, even though she had already been given the position back in 2015 through the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department during the Gov. Susana Martinez administration.

“They really didn’t even change the picture or anything else,” a UNM student said about the two press releases when placed side by side.

“They’re just trying to pawn this achievement off on the new administration even though it was undeserved,” Max Gervais of Albuquerque added.

However, the department insisted that’s not the case.

“That was definitely not the intention at all and I think that was the point of sending the corrected press release,” Susan Torres with the department said.

An updated press release was sent out once KRQE News 13 let the department know about it.

“It was unfortunately during a time of transition so things got a little bit unclear and that was missed,” Torres explained.

Overall, people seemed understanding of the mix-up.

“This is the way of politics at this point in time: just copy and paste,” a UNM student stated.

The department would not say who wrote the press release or why it appeared to be so similar to the old one, only that they are working to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Tafoya has held several positions throughout her more than 20 years with the department, including her role as the first State Parks archaeologist, according to the updated press release.

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