Veteran federal prosecutor Greg Fouratt, left, speaks to an officer, Wednesday, during an announcement of his appointment to lead the New Mexico Department of Public Safety in Albuquerque. (AP Photo)
Gov. Susana Martinez appointed Roswell native Gregory J. Fouratt as secretary for the New Mexico Department of Public Safety. Fouratt has nearly 17 years of experience as a federal prosecutor, where he prosecuted a wide variety of crimes, from drug trafficking and racketeering to violent crimes such as assault, child abuse and homicide.
Fouratt told the Daily Record that he is proud of his Roswell roots. He returns regularly to Roswell to visit his family. His connection to law enforcement dates back to his father, who worked with the New Mexico State Police for three years before he returned to the military. His brother made a career with NMSP, while his brother-in-law, Dane Kyser, retired as a commander from the Roswell Police Department.
Fouratt served for more than 20 years in the United States Air Force, Air Force Reserve and the New Mexico Air National Guard, retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 2012.
“Greg Fouratt is an effective leader with tremendous legal, law enforcement and military experience. His talents and skills will serve New Mexico well in our continuing efforts to keep our families and communities safe. I am extremely proud to have Greg continue his service to New Mexicans, this time as a member of my state cabinet,” Martinez said.
She appointed Fouratt to serve as DPS cabinet secretary after Gorden Eden Jr. became chief of police with the Albuquerque Police Department.
“I am honored and humbled to have Gov. Martinez’s support and confidence in this new role. I am looking forward to working with the governor and our state’s dedicated public safety employees. New Mexico is a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family, and I am grateful for this opportunity to continue working to make it even better,” Fouratt said.
Previously, Fouratt served as senior litigation counsel in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Mexico, where he investigated and prosecuted cases of national and international scope, including capital murder and major fraud. He was also the United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico from 2008 to 2010.
Fouratt went to Monterrey and Missouri Avenue Elementary, Mesa Middle School and Roswell High. He is a graduate of New Mexico State University. Fouratt holds a juris doctor degree from Texas Tech University School of Law in Lubbock, Texas, a master of public administration degree from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, Calif., and a Bachelor of Arts degree from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.