Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

7th Governor Appointee Leaves Post.(Final)

Byline: Olivier Uyttebrouck Journal Staff Writer

Banker Convicted In '90 Fatality

Paul Donisthorpe, appointed to the Commission on Higher Education by Gov. Bill Richardson, resigned Monday after media reports about his 1991 felony conviction in an alcohol-related fatality.

Donisthorpe, an Albuquerque investment banker, had been sworn in Friday as a commission member.

Donisthorpe is the seventh of Richardson's political appointees who have resigned or been removed after legal or ethical problems in their backgrounds came to light.

A New Mexico statute bars convicted felons from holding elected or appointed office. Donisthorpe declined to say Monday if the law influenced his decision to resign. …

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