Bloomfield appoints new police chief

Created: 06/27/2014 5:12 PM
By: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The Bloomfield police department has a new top cop. Randy Foster will start in August.

“We are really excited for moving up there,” he told KOB Eyewitness News Four by phone.

Foster will bring two decades of law enforcement experience to the Bloomfield police department.

“I really like the town and the area when I was up there.”

And a lot of that experience comes from Los Alamos, where he lost his job a year ago. Now Foster, along with two other officers, are suing that department for wrongful termination.

“There was a lot going on there that was misconstrued.”

The lawsuit stems from allegations that Foster and another commander had Officer Brian Schamber forcibly committed to a mental hospital. Schamber was awarded $600,000 in a settlement last December, but he also had to resign as part of the deal.

But soon-to-be Bloomfield Police Chief Foster says the lawsuit will not affect his ability to do a good job.

“For Bloomfield I will do the best job I can, I hope to do an outstanding job for everyone up there and I don't think it will have any bearing on what I can do or how I perform in Bloomfield.”

And Bloomfield city leaders agree with him.

“We do not believe that takes away from his credibility whatsoever,” said Bloomfield Mayor Scott Eckstein.

Foster has been a deputy for the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Department since leaving Los Alamos.

He was also one of the top three candidates for police chief in Santa Fe.

He will be joining the Bloomfield police force August 4th.

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