Police chief fired after incident with Sunport TSA


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The chief of the Jemez Springs Police Department has been fired.

The decision comes after a January run-in with a TSA agent in the Albuquerque Sunport over an identity issue.

According to the Village of Jemez Springs, the TSA incident involving then Police Chief Shane Harger had nothing to do with his firing rather that several issues with Harger came to light afterward.

According to a police report, Harger asked the ticket counter if it would be a problem if the name on his ID was different from his boarding pass.

Harger showed three forms of ID with his real name and a U.S. passport with what he said was his undercover name.

Another Jemez Springs officer vouched for him and they moved on, where according to the police report– Harger got into a ‘heated exchange’ with a TSA agent.

It was here that police say Harger claimed the TSA and Albuquerque police were harassing him and threatened the TSA agent.

Following this incident, the Sandoval County sheriff stripped Harger’s ability to respond to incidents outside of Jemez springs.

Harger was temporarily put on desk duty.

The village said this incident didn’t influence his firing.

That instead recent evidence has come to light that Harger misled the interview committee, that he made disparaging comments about the village council and failed to follow reporting procedures, causing the village to ‘lose trust’ in Harger.

Shane Harger was also one of the first responding officers to Levi Chavez’s home the night Levi’s wife, Tera, was found dead.

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