- Associated Press - Friday, March 7, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Santa Fe’s police chief is retiring after three years in the job.

Chief Raymond Rael (RAY’-al) says he’ll step down on Monday. He was appointed Sante Fe’s police chief in March 2011. Rael previously worked for the department from 1978 to 1999, rising to the rank of deputy chief.

Outgoing Mayor David Coss says Rael’s tenure as chief has seen a decrease of property crimes, the filling of all vacancies in police ranks and clearing of backlogs of internal affairs investigations.

There’s also been friction within the department over policies, including the switch to five-day workweeks from a four-day schedule.

An interim chief is expected to be selected early next week.

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