New Mexico

Former NYPD commander who directed 'Ground Zero' recovery hired as new LCPD chief

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico - The City of Las Cruces has hired Patrick G. Gallagher,  the current Santa Fe police chief and a former New York Police Department commander, to be its new chief of police.

City Manager Stuart Ed announced the hiring late Tuesday.  Gallagher will succeed former LCPD Chief Jaime Montoya, who announced his retirement earlier this year.

In a news release, the City of Las Cruces said Gallagher has 30 years experience in law enforcement. Gallagher's experience includes a stint as deputy inspector and captain with the New York Police Department.

While with NYPD, Gallagher served as a commander with both the internal affairs division and the World Trade Center zone. 

Gallagher "directed and assessed recovery and physical operation at the Ground Zero crime scene" following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 the City of Las Cruces said in a news release.

Gallagher obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Fordham University and a Master of Public Administration from Marist College.

Gallagher will take over the Las Cruces Police Department January 15, 2018.