The previous New Mexico workforce secretary mentioned he left after quite a few threats

“Starting with the pandemic, phone threats to the department have been fairly common,” McCamley tweeted. “People would show up in the office and try to start fights with security guards.”

The former secretary shared examples of violence, including broken windows and a photo of a state car that was destroyed in the ministry’s office in Las Cruces. He said a fire bomb was used and the explosion was so hot it melted the engine block of the car.

In March, McCamley became aware of a man who blamed him for his wife’s unemployment and called one of the department’s offices to ask where McCamley was living. The next month, McCamley received a letter from an unemployment applicant that was mailed to his home address.

McCamley said it wasn’t threatening, but he realized it was “only a matter of time” before more of his personal information was shared on social media and could fall into the wrong hands.

“After thinking about the situation for the weekend, I informed the governor’s office next Monday of my decision to resign,” he said. “That was only reinforced when a letter appeared five days later to my mother’s address.”

McCamley said he was proud of the work the department did and that Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and her team “were nothing but supportive, noble and understanding.”

He also admitted that he understands the pain, frustration and anger that so many have experienced over the course of the pandemic.

McCamley’s disclosure of the threats comes a day after a new report revealed that New Mexico overpaid $ 100 million to $ 250 million in unemployment benefits.


Until April, I was the NM secretary for Workforce Solutions (the agency responsible for unemployment). I tried to walk quietly, but since my name was being used for a variety of reasons, I felt it was important to speak publicly about the reason for my departure. *Thread*

– Bill McCamley (@BillMcCamley) May 20, 2021

Windows were broken. The most tangible evidence of violence was an actual terrorist attack: a state car was destroyed by a fire bomb in our Las Cruces office. A picture is included and as you can see the explosion was so hot it melted the engine block. (3)

– Bill McCamley (@BillMcCamley) May 20, 2021

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