- Associated Press - Saturday, June 28, 2014

BLOOMFIELD, N.M. (AP) - The city of Bloomfield has chosen a Santa Fe County Sheriff’s deputy, who was once fired from the Los Alamos County Police Department, as its new police chief.

The Daily Times reports (http://goo.gl/QwG5R6) that 38-year-old Randy Foster was named this week from six finalists.

City Manager David Fuqua says Foster overall scored highest among the candidates.

Foster was fired from Los Alamos County police last year after a federal lawsuit filed by a former corporal alleged that Foster and another officer committed him to a mental institution against his will. The county later settled but Foster filed his own lawsuit in January.

Foster also served from 1995 to 1998 as a reserve police officer for the Portales Police Department.

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Information from: The Daily Times, http://www.daily-times.com

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