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Santa Fe hires familiar face as city's next police chief

Santa Fe Police Chief Andrew Padilla Santa Fe Police Chief Andrew Padilla |  Photo: THE CITY OF SANTA FE

David Lynch
June 26, 2018 01:09 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The state's capital city has announced the hiring of its next permanent police chief, and it follows somewhat in the footsteps of the state's biggest city.


Santa Fe city officials have named Andrew Padilla as its police department's next leader. He had been holding down the position in an interim capacity since March, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican—not long after Mayor Alan Webber took office.

Padilla is New Mexico born-and-bred, according to a city release, having grown up in Española before embarking on an 18-year policing career.

"He's shown dedication to a police department that fits Santa Fe, is committed to community policing and understands the challenges we face," Webber is quoted as saying in the release. "Especially when it comes to opioid addiction and the kinds of crime that stem from it."

The city says they received a "wide field of applicants" for the position, which resulted in conducting three in-person interviews. The only detail provided by the city as to the identities of the other finalists is that one was a representative of the Public Safety Committee.

Earlier in June, Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller named Mike Geier the next permanent chief of APD after he too served a few months as acting police chief.


David Lynch

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