Shilling named New Mexico State Police Chief

Posted: April 22, 2011 in Uncategorized
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I’m not actually in the office today, so a copy and paste from the news release sent out this afternoon announcing Robert Shilling as new state police chief will have to suffice.

He’s who everyone sort of thought they’d name new chief back in December even before Gov. Susana Martinez took over office. Here is the quote-heavy news release (Of course Darren White’s name found its way into the news release, as did quotes from Albuquerque and Las Cruces police chiefs… nothing from Santa Fe cops, though… not necessarily a bad thing, only of note because this is SantaFeCrime.com):

Governor Susana Martinez announced today that Department of Public Safety Secretary Gorden Eden has named Major Robert Shilling as Chief of the New Mexico State Police. Before being named acting chief in January 2011, Shilling most recently served as the Law Enforcement Budget Director and Commander of Investigations for the New Mexico State Police.

“Mr. Shilling’s extensive record of service within the State Police makes him the ideal choice for the chief position,” said Governor Martinez. “He is well-known in the world of law enforcement for his expertise in executing successful criminal and narcotics investigations. Secretary Eden, Chief Shilling and I share an unwavering commitment to keeping New Mexicans safe and I look forward to continuing to work closely with the State Police under his direction.”

A native of New Mexico, Robert Shilling began his career in law enforcement as an officer with the Silver City Police Department. He joined the New Mexico State Police as a patrol officer in 1992 and went on to serve as task supervisor for the Southwestern New Mexico Drug Task Force. Following that, he served as an assistant commander for Narcotics Investigations as well as assistant commander for Criminal Investigations. Upon earning the rank of Captain in 2007, Shilling was named the commander of Criminal Investigations. In 2008, he was promoted to Major and was named the Bureau Chief for the Law Enforcement Records Bureau. Last year, he was named Law Enforcement Budget Director as well as Commander of Investigations before taking over duties as acting chief in 2011.

“Chief Shilling has worked his way through the ranks of the New Mexico State Police with distinction,” said Department of Public Safety Secretary Gorden Eden, Jr. “He has an excellent reputation statewide as a person of honor and commitment.”

Numerous New Mexico law enforcement officials and representatives praised the selection:

“During my time with the New Mexico State Police, Chief Shilling proved himself as one of the most dedicated and hard-working officers on the force. I commend his selection for the chief position and I’m confident that he is the right man for the job.” – Las Cruces Police Chief Richard Williams

“Robert Schilling is a very professional law enforcement executive. He will ensure the continued success of the New Mexico State Police.” – Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz

“Robert Schilling brings all the necessary skills to lead the New Mexico State Police. He is respected not only by the street cops but by the law enforcement community across the state.” – Albuquerque Public Safety Director and former Department of Public Safety Secretary Darren White

“Chief Shilling is an excellent choice for the New Mexico State Police and for New Mexicans across the state. He is dedicated to providing specialized police services throughout New Mexico that benefit communities large and small.” – Jim Burleson, Executive Director of the New Mexico Sheriffs’ and Police Association

“The New Mexico State Police Association is in support of the naming of Major Robert Shilling as Chief of the State Police. We believe that among the most critical qualities of a highly effective State Police chief are integrity, professionalism, and dedication to the mission of the agency and the men and women who carry out that mission. Major Shilling embodies these and other important qualities. As you know, it is a great responsibility to be entrusted with leadership of this magnitude. We are convinced that Major Shilling is up to the challenge.” – Jerry Salivar, New Mexico State Police Association

“Secretary Eden has made an excellent choice for the leader of the New Mexico State Police. We look forward to continued partnership with the Department of Public Safety and a shared commitment to drug enforcement.” – Ernie Ortiz, Director of the Southwest Border High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area – New Mexico

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