- Associated Press - Monday, June 16, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Santa Fe officially has a new police chief.

Eric Garcia was sworn in as the chief at Santa Fe City Council Chambers on Monday morning.

The 42-year-old Garcia replaces Ray Rael, who resigned from the position in March.

Garcia was a New Mexico State Police officer for 18 years. He has worked the past two years as Espanola’s public safety director.

He was chosen from 48 applicants.

City officials said Garcia has a focus on community policing, a history of improving officer morale and commitment to introducing new training programs.


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