One of New Mexico’s highest paid state employees announced his resignation on Friday, amid a State Auditor investigation into spending public money on a golf trip to Scotland in 2015. Krebs retirement as vice president of was retirement formally accepted late Thursday by UNM Interim President Chaouki Abdallah, according to the Albuquerque Journal.
“I don’t want to be a distraction,” Krebs told the Journal. “As I’ve said, I’ve got nothing to hide. I welcome any engagement from the auditor.”
The office of the State Auditor Tim Keller released a public statement the same day stating that nothing has changed and the need for a transparent public accounting of the activities at the athletics department.
“The public still deserves some sunshine on what’s going on at our state’s flagship sports program and our special audit will continue as planned. We need to get to the bottom of questions that have been raised regarding expenses, compensation and perks for senior staff and donors,” Keller continued.
Attorney General Hector Balderas continued his tough talk on Krebs in light of the investigation.
“While I am pleased that Mr. Krebs resigned from UNM Athletics, our investigation of this matter is ongoing,” Balderas said in a statement. “Even if a public official leaves office, they can still face legal consequences for actions they took while in office.”
Balderas said he was waiting for the state auditor to complete his review.
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