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Marc H. Saavedra

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University of New Mexico
1 University Of New Mexico
Albuquerque , New Mexico 87131
United States

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www.abqjournal.com, 28 July 2014 [cached]
University of New Mexico lobbyist Marc Saavedra's latest DWI arrest - his third - may not be the only legal problem he will have to face, although he said Monday that he takes the arrest "very seriously" and hopes it provides an opportunity for him to achieve good things with his life.
A criminal summons for falsely obtaining service or accommodations, issued in his name in January after he reportedly failed to pay for a taxi ride and fled the scene, was dismissed in June but could be reopened.
According to a criminal summons, just after 10 p.m. on Jan. 8, Albuquerque taxi driver Fessehaye Asmeron told police he picked up a man and a woman and took them to the Park Avenue SW address where Saavedra lives. The couple were identified as Saavedra and Marsella Duarte. Upon their arrival, the couple said they did not have the fare, about $28.
According to a police report, "Upon learning that Marc did not have money, the cab driver overheard Marsella stating, 'how are you going to pay me?' to Marc."
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Saavedra, apparently, was present.
Last week, Saavedra, UNM's director of government and community relations, was arrested for suspicion of drunken driving, his third such arrest. The university immediately placed him on administrative leave pending further investigation.
On Monday, Saavedra acknowledged being charged with DWI for the third time and said he will be consulting with an attorney. As far as his job is concerned, he said his intent "is to do what I can to improve and advance the university. That's my goal."
The Journal caught up with Saavedra just as he was preparing to meet with an attorney.
"This could be a good thing in general," he said when asked if he feels he has a drinking problem. "In the long run, it could be better, an opportunity to do good things with my life. I know it'll be a tough road ahead, but I will do whatever I can to become a better person." Saavedra, 42, said he has been drinking most of his adult life. "It's just something I picked up, a part of life," he said.
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www.abqjournal.com, 9 Jan 2014 [cached]
Marc H. Saavedra, the University of New Mexico's chief lobbyist, has been arrested and charged with drunken driving. Wednesday's arrest......
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UNM chief lobbyist and governmental affairs director Marc Saavedra is on paid administrative leave as the school, his attorneys and the court system sort out his criminal charges, including his third drunken-driving arrest. Police records show he was pulled over around 10:15 p.m. on July 23 after running a red light on 14th and Central and then failed both the field sobriety and blood alcohol tests.
This comes less than a month after the 42-year-old Saavedra's last court appearance on what appear to be alcohol-related charges. On June 17 his charge for allegedly stiffing a cab driver on a $28 fare was dismissed - but could be refiled - after an officer or prosecutor somehow managed to not show up. Saavedra, who makes $155,980 a year, and a woman companion in the cab were described as "being very intoxicated" and according to a criminal complaint ran away after the driver took them to an ATM to get the fare.
And it comes eight years after Saavedra, who got his first DWI in college, pleaded guilty to DWI and signed a "Last Chance Agreement" with UNM in which he pledged not to drink alcohol while employed by the university.
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While Saavedra is innocent until proven guilty of criminal charges, his pattern of behavior and failed sobriety tests should answer the question President Bob Frank is facing.
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As for Saavedra, he says his intent "is to do what I can to improve and advance the university. That's my goal."
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www.abqjournal.com, 28 July 2014 [cached]
University of New Mexico lobbyist Marc Saavedra's latest DWI arrest - his third - may not be the only legal......
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Marc Saavedra, the University of New Mexico's chief lobbyist who last week was arrested for drunk driving for the third time, has submitted his resignation from his high-profile job.
Saavedra had been under pressure from the university to quit, and his departure is not entirely unexpected. He has been on administrative leave from UNM following his arrest July 23. The resignation is effective Aug. 8.
Officials at the university expressed mixed feelings over Saavedra's departure. On the one hand, they noted a sense of sadness about his drinking problem and related behavior; on the other, they said, during his years as the top lobbyist, he was remarkably effective as the university's liaison with state government and the Legislature.
"We'd like to thank Marc for his service and we regret the circumstances that led to this decision," said Executive Vice President for Administration David Harris following a meeting with Saavedra shortly before he resigned late Thursday. "We are pleased that he is taking responsibility and the opportunity to deal with the issues that created this situation."
A brief statement released by the university on Friday said that during that meeting,"Harris indicated that it would be best for all parties if Saavedra were to resign, to which Saavedra agreed."
Saavedra's annual salary at UNM, where he directed the Office of Government and Community Affairs, is $155,980.
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On Friday, Harris said Saavedra was an astute lobbyist in representing UNM in Santa Fe, particularly as it relates to funding for the university. "We need someone like Marc on top of that," Harris said.
"His principal strength was dealing with state government and the state Legislature. Marc was extremely articulate in representing (UNM's focus on) performance related issues.
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Jamie Koch, a long-time member of the UNM Board of Regents, on Friday said Saavedra knows more about state financing and the way the Legislature works "than anybody I know."
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The couple were identified as Saavedra and Marsella Duarte.
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In the DWI case, an officer pulled Saavedra over at 10:15 p.m. last Wednesday after he drove through a red light on 14th and Central, according to the criminal complaint.
Saavedra told the officer he had one glass of wine and repeated several times that he was almost home, according to the complaint. He failed a field sobriety test and was arrested. He also failed a blood alcohol test, though the complaint doesn't state what his BAC was. The presumed level of intoxication is .08 percent.
In a short phone interview on Monday, Saavedra acknowledged being charged with DWI for the third time and said he had retained Rasheed & Associates to represent him. As far as his job is concerned, he said his intent "is to do what I can to improve and advance the university. That's my goal."
The arrest, he said, "could be a good thing in general," in response to a question about whether he feels he has a drinking problem. "In the long run, it could be better, an opportunity to do good things with my life. I know it'll be a tough road ahead, but I will do whatever I can to become a better person."
Saavedra, 42, said he has been drinking most of his adult life. "It's just something I picked up, a part of life," he said.
Saavedra received his first DWI conviction when he was in college. He was arrested again in 2006, shortly after he began working for UNM. He pleaded guilty and signed a "Last Chance Agreement" with the university in which he agreed to undergo treatment and submit to random drug and alcohol testing. He also pledged not to drink alcohol as long as he was employed by the university.
A subsequent agreement was issued and signed that stated a reccurrence could result in disciplinary action up to and including termination, a university official said this week.
In the 2006 case, Saavedra pleaded guilty and was given a deferred sentence and placed on probation for one year. Although he was initially charged with aggravated DWI, he pleaded guilty to a lesser DWI first-offense charge. He was ordered, among other things, not to possess or consume alcohol for a year.
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