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Public safety head named Albuquerque police chief

February 14, 2014 • State News


New Mexico Public Safety Secretary Gorden Eden, center, speak to reporters Friday Feb. 14, 2014, after being introduced as Albuquerque’s new police chief. Eden takes over a police force facing a U.S. Justice Department investigation looking into allegations of excessive force. Also shown are: Mary Eden, right, Dept. of Public safety, Rob Perry, left, and Richard Berry, Mayor of albuquerque. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Public Safety Secretary Gorden Eden was named Friday to lead the troubled Albuquerque Police Department as it works to emerge from a federal probe into allegations of excessive force and dozens of police shootings.

Mayor Richard Berry announced the selection of Eden as police chief after a national search that attracted 45 applicants and two other finalists from Dallas and Houston. Eden is also a former U.S. marshal for New Mexico.

“He the right man for the right time,” said Berry, who introduced Eden and his family at a news conference. “I need a head coach.”

He replaces former Chief Ray Schultz, who retired last year as calls Login to read more

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