- Associated Press - Monday, January 23, 2017

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) - The police chief in Rio Rancho says he’s stepping down for personal reasons.

Michael Geier’s last day on the job is Feb. 18.

Geier says changing circumstances in his wife’s health and personal life have made it clear to him that he must spend more time with his family.

Geier was appointed police chief in February 2014.

Before coming to Rio Rancho, he was a commander for the Albuquerque Police Department and served about 20 years with that agency.

Rio Rancho City Manager Keith Riesberg has designated current Deputy Police Chief Paul Rogers to serve as acting police chief.

A national search to find Geier’s replacement will be conducted.

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