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Mayor Appoints Top New Mexico Law Enforcement Leader as Albuquerque Police Department Chief

Gorden Eden Jr. brings distinguished record and passion for the job

February 14, 2014


Albuquerque- Today Mayor Richard J. Berry announced his appointment of Gorden Eden Jr. as Chief of the Albuquerque Police Department. Secretary Eden is a two time gubernatorial appointee and is currently the cabinet secretary of the state Department of Public Safety (DPS). He previously served eight years as the U. S. Marshal for the State of New Mexico. Secretary Eden has also served at Northwestern University, Chicago IL, as the Director of its prestigious School of Police Staff and Command.

In addition to his experience at the highest levels of state and federal government, Secretary Eden began his career as a patrolman with the New Mexico State Police in 1975. He has also served as a bureau chief in charge of advanced training with the Department of Public Safety and has worked for the Office of the Attorney General as an agent in the special investigations unit. In his current role at DPS, Secretary Eden has oversight for a very large and complex Department with over 1,300 employees and sworn officers, three law enforcement divisions and an annual budget exceeding $140 million. In the course of his distinguished career in public service, Secretary Eden earned a reputation as a highly respected member of the law enforcement community and has led efforts to bring thousands of fugitives to justice.

Gorden Eden is a third-generation New Mexican, who applied for the job because of his deep love of his community and dedication to service. “Gorden Eden brings to the Albuquerque Police Department exceptional credentials as a proven law enforcement leader with a long and distinguished record. He understands issues important to Albuquerque residents and has a passion for his community which provides the perfect balance of expertise and heart for the job,” stated Mayor Berry. “His innovative approach to public safety management and ability to foster strong relationships with community members, leaders and advocates, make him the ideal candidate to lead APD into the future.”

“I am humbled and honored to be provided this opportunity by Mayor Berry to serve the community I love and a Department that I feel is one of the finest in the country,” said Secretary Eden. “I am excited to meet and interact with the distinguished men and women of APD and get to work leading this department forward.”

Secretary Eden will begin the position of Chief of APD beginning on February 27th, the day that interim Chief Allen Banks retires. Mr. Eden will earn an annual salary of $158,000.