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Jaime Chavez named NMSU police chief

Jaime G. Chavez, a veteran law enforcement officer with more than 23 years of experience with the New Mexico State University Police Department, has been named chief of police.

Jaime Chavez has been appointed chief of police at New Mexico State University. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

has been serving as interim NMSU police chief since June 2004, after the retirement of Chief Lou Cabot. His permanent appointment to the position, effective July 1, follows a national search and extensive interviews with four finalists.

"We had great candidates, nationally respected in law enforcement," said Ben Woods, vice president for human and physical resources. "We would like to thank all the people who took time to participate in this process and who offered comments on the candidates. Those comments were critically important to the final decision."

Chavez joined the NMSU Police Department in 1981 and rose through the ranks to become a field services division commander in 1995, a position he held until he was named interim chief last year.

He earned an associate degree in police science and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from NMSU. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Southwest Command College.

Chavez has extensive experience in training law enforcement officers, in the United States and in Latin America. He also developed and implemented his department's personal self-defense training program and introduced the radKids safety and empowerment program for children to New Mexico.

Associate Dean of Students Scott Moore chaired the committee that led the national search for candidates for the position.

"Scott Moore and the search committee deserve special recognition," Woods said. "We wanted to ensure there was a fair and open competition, and the committee did a truly outstanding job throughout the entire process."