Santa Fe names new police chief

SANTA FE (KRQE) – Santa Fe has a new police chief.

After a national search the city has chosen Eric Garcia to lead the department.

He has 24 years of law enforcement experience, including 18 years with New Mexico State Police and as Director of Public Safety in Espanola.

Garcia replaces former Chief Ray Rael who retired in March.

Forty-eight candidates from around the country applied to be the top cop. Garcia was on a short list of finalists for the position.

His first day on the job will be June 16.

He’ll be paid $104,000 a year. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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