LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The chief of the Las Cruces Police Department had announced that is he stepping down.
Las Cruces Sun-News reports (http://bit.ly/14LLeNc) that Richard Williams said Friday he will retire after three [auth] years as the department’s leader.
He says his last day will be Oct. 31.
Williams informed City Manager Robert Garza of his intention to retire in a memo sent Tuesday.
During Williams’ tenure, the Las Cruces Police Department has established an independent audit system to evaluate professional standards and conduct of its police officers. In a recent report to the Las Cruces City Council, a Washington, D.C. company hired by the city to audit the police department said significant improvements have been made, and public complaints of alleged misconduct or abuse by officers has substantially dropped.