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Executive Staff

Information about the Albuquerque Police Department executive staff.

Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden Jr.

About: Police Chief Gorden Eden

Gorden E. Eden Jr.'s long and exemplary public service career began as a New Mexico State Police officer and included assignments in the Office of the Chief and the Training and Recruiting Division. Under the Department of Public Safety, he oversaw the Advanced Training Bureau until he was recruited by Northwestern University, Chicago IL, to serve as the Director of its prestigious School of Police Staff and Command. He returned to New Mexico and served in other positions including Special Agent in the Attorney General's Office and Director of the Motor Vehicle Division.

In May 2002, Eden was appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the 19th United States Marshal for the District of New Mexico. In his 8 ½ year tenure, he successfully met the judicial security mission; created the Southwest Fugitive Task Force (SWIFT); led efforts to bring thousands of fugitives to justice; and implemented the federal Adam Walsh Act related to sex offenders.

In January 2011, Eden was appointed by Governor Susana Martinez as the Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Public Safety. He was an active member of the National Governors Association Crime Policy Advisory Board; National Governors Association Prescription Drug Abuse Board; the National Criminal Justice Association Board and Advisory Council; and the New Mexico Sentencing Commission.

In 2014, Eden was appointed by Mayor R.J. Berry to be the 19th Chief of Police of the Albuquerque Police Department. As a third-generation New Mexican, Chief Eden is honored to serve as the Chief of Police of the Albuquerque Police Department where he continues his collaboration with state, local and federal law enforcement partners to build safer communities. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration complemented by thousands of hours of advanced law enforcement, specialized and management training, and holds a U.S. Department of Justice Top Secret Security Clearance. He is an active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police; the HIDTA Executive Board; the National Sheriff's Association; and the Drug Enforcement Advisory Council. He and his wife have been married since 1978 and have two children.

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