Records hint at costs of Gov. Martinez husband's travel

Posted at: 04/13/2013 4:19 PM
Updated at: 04/14/2013 11:41 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4; The Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Records released by the state Department of Public Safety show state police officers racked up overtime, holiday pay and other expenses while providing security for Gov. Susana Martinez's husband on an out-of-state hunting trip.

The documents obtained by The New Mexican and other media organizations were part of a public information request that was made 10 months ago.

The administration first refused to release the records, citing security concerns, but Attorney General Gary King directed them to be released.

The records cover a 2011 hunting trip to Louisiana by first gentleman Chuck Franco.

The governor's office has said that Franco paid his own expenses.

New Mexico State Police Chief Robert Shilling said Saturday that the two agents were appropriately assigned and that avoiding overtime by sending two more agents would have ended up costing more.

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