2021 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 17 - Game and Fish and Outdoor Recreation
Article 1 - State Game Commission
Section 17-1-5 - Employment and discharge of director and other employees; department of game and fish created.

Universal Citation: NM Stat § 17-1-5 (2021)

A. The state game commission shall employ a director who shall, under such authorization that the game commission shall approve, employ such conservation officers, clerks and other employees as he shall deem proper and necessary to enforce and administer the laws and regulations relating to game and fish, and who shall prescribe their duties respectively, and who with the advice and consent of the state game commission shall fix the compensation of all the employees of the "department of game and fish," which is hereby created.

B. The state game commission may at any time discharge the director for reasons that the state game commission shall deem sufficient. The director may dismiss employees in accordance with the provisions of the Personnel Act [Chapter10, Article 9 NMSA 1978].

History: Laws 1931, ch. 117, § 5; 1941 Comp., § 43-105; 1953 Comp., § 53-1-5; Laws 1955, ch. 59, § 1; 1973, ch. 186, § 3.


Officers of the state game commission are state officers. Allen v. McClellan, 1967-NMSC-114, 77 N.M. 801, 427 P.2d 677, overruled on other grounds, N.M. Livestock Bd. v. Dose, 1980-NMSC-022, 94 N.M. 68, 607 P.2d 606.

Department of game and fish is not a constitutional agency. 1957 Op. Att'y Gen. No. 57-268.

Citizenship requirement for wildlife law enforcement officers. — By operation of state law, wildlife law enforcement officers can be required to hold New Mexico and United States citizenship. 1979 Op. Att'y Gen. No. 79-30.

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