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Police Chief 2017

Las Cruces City Manager Stuart C. Ed announced today the hiring of a new police chief.“Following a thorough recruitment process that involved community groups, representatives of the local police union, and senior level associates, I am pleased to report that we have selected an outstanding candidate to be our next police chief. Patrick G. Gallagher, who currently serves as police chief in Santa Fe, New Mexico, will be joining us as successor to Chief Jaime Montoya who retires at the end of this year,” Ed said.

Gallagher has nearly 30 years of law enforcement experience. Prior to becoming Santa Fe police chief, he served as that city’s professional standards commander. Before that, he served as police chief in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico for three years. He also worked with the New York City Police Department as deputy inspector and captain/internal affairs bureau division commander, World Trade Center Zone Commander (who directed and assessed recovery and physical operation at “Ground Zero” crime scene following the 9/11/2001 attack) and executive officer, 60th Precinct.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Fordham University and his Master of Public Administration from Marist College.

Gallagher will begin his new assignment with the Las Cruces Police Department on January 15.