Fired NM lottery chief gets year’s salary

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The fired director of the New Mexico Lottery will be getting one year’s pay and six months of health care coverage as part of a deal reached with the lottery board.

The board voted during a closed meeting last week to immediately terminate Tom Romero’s contract. No explanation was given for his firing and he has declined to discuss it.

State lottery officials on Friday released new details about Romero’s severance package. Under his contract it could have amounted to $265,000, but Romero signed off on agreement for one year’s salary — $165,000 — plus health care coverage valued at about $5,700.

State Rep. Bill Rehm, an Albuquerque Republican, tells KOB-TV ( ) the package amounts to a golden parachute that is being financed with taxpayer money. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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