SANTA FE (KRQE) – Big changes happened Monday for the city of Santa Fe.
Police Chief Raymond Rael stepped out as a newly-elected mayor stepped in.
Javier Gonzales, voted mayor of the capital city in last Tuesday’s election, was sworn in at 6 p.m. at the Greer Garson Theater in Santa Fe, along with four city councilors.
Gonzales and the acting city manager will soon decide on a replacement for Rael who announced his retirement last week. The chief’s last day was today.
Property crimes dropped significantly under Rael’s tenure, but he did face criticism for changing department policies affecting officer work schedules and take-home vehicles.