LAS CRUCES, NM (KTSM) - Las Cruces has selected their new police chief, who will take over when current Chief Jaime Montoya retires at the end of this year.
Patrick G. Gallagher was named by Las Cruces City Manager Stuart C. Ed on Tuesday. Gallagher joins LCPD with over 30 years of law enforcement experience including his most recent post as chief of police in Santa Fe.
“Following a thorough recruitment process that involved community groups, representatives of the local police union, and senior level associates, I am pleased to report that we have selected an outstanding candidate to be our next police chief. Patrick G. Gallagher, who currently serves as police chief in Santa Fe, New Mexico, will be joining us as successor to Chief Jaime Montoya who retires at the end of this year,” Ed said.
Prior to serving as Santa Fe's police chief, he served as their professional standards commander, police chief in Truth or Consequences and was also deputy inspector and captain/internal affairs bureau division commander with the New York City Police Department.
During his tenure with NYPD, Gallagher served as World Train Center Zone Commander, directing and assessing the recovery and physical operation at "Ground Zero" following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Gallagher holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Fordham University and a Master of Public Administration degree from Marist College.
He will begin his new assignment with LCPD on January 15.