Rio Rancho city councilors set to discuss new police chief hiring

Rio Rancho police car

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – Rio Rancho city councilors will discuss hiring a new police chief to lead their department.

The city manager is requesting the confirmation and hiring of Stewart Steele, a current police chief in Oklahoma.

This comes after the city received 40 applications from 21 states for the position.

The previous Chief Michael Geier stepped down in February for personal reasons.

He’s was the chief since 2014.

Deputy Chief Paul Rogers has been serving as interim chief. 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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