Chuck Franco, First Gentleman, takes job in Santa Fe

Nov 9, 2012

The husband of Governor Susana Martinez, who turned in his sheriff's badge when his wife was elected governor of New Mexico, has gone back to work.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that a Martinez spokesman confirmed First Gentleman Chuck Franco started a new job last week as a security officer at the U.S. Courthouse in downtown Santa Fe.

Franco, former Dona County undersheriff, is working roughly 20 hours a week for a private security company that is under contract with the U.S. Marshals Service.

Martinez spokesman Scott Darnell said the state's First Couple needs the second income since they have two houses.

In addition to the Governor's Mansion in Santa Fe, Martinez and Franco also maintain a home in Las Cruces, where the governor's sister lives with a full-time caregiver.