State rep wants investigation

Posted at: 10/17/2012 8:01 PM
Updated at: 10/17/2012 8:14 PM
By: Steve Mieczkowski,

A state representative wants New Mexico's attorney general to investigate if a payout for New Mexico State University's president is legal.

Barbara Couture resigned from NMSU in September. She is technically on leave until January. When her leave ends, she's scheduled to receive nearly $454,000.

On Wednesday, state representative Bill Rehm sent a letter to Attorney General Gary King. The letter asked King to determine if the payout is a violation of the state's anti-donation clause, since Couture would be getting money from the state while not providing services to NMSU.

The attorney general's office said they've received the letter and plan to release a legal opinion.