SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has announced new appointments to state court in Alamogordo and to the public education commission.

The governor said Friday that Steven Blankinship of Alamogordo was appointed to first division of the 12th Judicial District Court, replacing Judge Jerry Ritter, Jr., who retired.

Blankinship was the deputy district attorney in that court and also served in the 3rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Blankinship was a member of the governor’s executive staff from 2012 to 2017. He has a law degree from the University of Akron School of Law in Ohio.

The Public Education Commission also has a new member in David Robbins of Albuquerque. Robbins will replace Commissioner Millie Pogna. Pogna passed away. Robbins previously served on the APS board and taught at the University of New Mexico.