Gregory J. Fouratt
Gregory J. Fouratt served as a prosecutor at the United States Attorney’s Office in New Mexico for 17 years. From 1997-1999, he was assigned to the Las Cruces Branch Office, prosecuting the full range of border-related narcotics, firearm, gang and immigration crimes. In 1999, Greg transferred to the headquarters office in Albuquerque. For three years, he prosecuted violent crimes occurring in Indian country, including homicide, sexual assault, and child abuse.
From 2002-early 2008, Greg specialized in prosecuting organized crime and racketeering cases. During this time, Greg prosecuted members and associates of prison gangs, including the Mexican Mafia and Aryan Brotherhood, for crimes ranging from murder to armed robbery to firearms possession.
In January 2008, the United States District Court appointed Greg to serve as United States Attorney. In that capacity, he was the chief federal law enforcement officer in New Mexico, managing an office of 150 employees, including 78 attorneys. In conjunction with the U.S. Border Patrol, Greg ordered a surge in border-related prosecutions that resulted in unprecedented reductions in illegal crossing activity. Together with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, as well as state, county, and local police agencies, Greg spearheaded the expansion of federal firearms prosecutions in an effort to obtain the lengthiest prison sentences for the violent offenders who most deserved them. Greg’s signature achievement as United States Attorney, however, came in the area of investigating and prosecuting public corruption. In partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Greg and his team successfully prosecuted former State Senate Majority Leader Manny Aragon and numerous other public officials and private contractors for a multi-million dollar fraud scheme associated with the construction of the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Courthouse. Coming as it did on the heels of the office’s prosecution of two elected state treasurers and the former deputy superintendent of the state insurance division, the prosecution of Manny Aragon and his corrupt associates highlighted the usefulness of the federal criminal justice process to deter corruption and ensure clean government.
After serving as United States Attorney for 27 months, Greg became the office’s Senior Litigation Counsel. Greg investigated and prosecuted Doug Vaughan, an Albuquerque-based real estate magnate whose business interests and lavish lifestyle were financed by a $74 million Ponzi scheme, the largest in New Mexico history. Most recently, and after a four-month trial, Greg and his team convicted John Charles McCluskey, an Arizona prison escapee, for carjacking, robbing, murdering, and incinerating Gary and Linda Haas, a retired Oklahoma couple headed to Colorado for their summer vacation.
In addition to his service in the Department of Justice, Greg is also a military veteran. From 1988-2012, he served on active duty in the United States Air Force, in the Air Force Reserve, and in the New Mexico Air National Guard. He retired in September 2012, with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Born in Santa Fe and raised in Roswell, Greg received his Bachelor of Arts degree from New Mexico State University in 1988 and his Master of Public Administration degree from Golden Gate University in 1991. In 1995, he graduated first in his class from the Texas Tech University School of Law.
NMSP Chief of Police
Pete N. Kassetas
Chief Pete Kassetas joined the New Mexico State Police in 1992. His first duty station was Grants, New Mexico as a patrol officer. In 1995, he was transferred into the NMSP Criminal Investigations Section whose primary focus is to investigate, prevent, disrupt, and detect violent criminals and felonious criminal activity that undermine the safety and security of the citizens of the State of New Mexico.
Chief Kassetas was promoted to the rank of patrol Sergeant in 1998 and was assigned to the Raton / Springer State Police District in northeastern New Mexico. By 1999, he accepted a Sergeant position with the Narcotics Section, where he administered the Region 3 Narcotics Task Force.
A promotion to the rank of Lieutenant followed in 2000, when he was assigned to the Criminal Investigations Section, where he supervised an investigative unit and the Crime Scene Unit.
Prior to his headquarters assignment, Chief Kassetas was the NM State Police Uniform Commander for District 5 – Albuquerque and District 6 – Gallup. In 2009, he was promoted to the rank of Major with direct responsibility of the Uniform Bureau. In 2011 he was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief overseeing the State Police Division to include Uniform, Investigations, Training and the budget.
On August 1, 2013, he was appointed as the 21st New Mexico State Police Chief and Deputy Secretary of the Department of Public Safety, Law Enforcement Program. Chief Kassetas oversees the State Police, Motor Transportation Police and the Special Investigations Division with an overall commissioned strength of 750 officers and 250 civilian employees. He manages a budget of $116 million.
Chief Kassetas is the past President of the Four States Peace Officer Association, which represents officers from New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona. He is a member of the New Mexico Law Enforcement Board, Office of the Medical Investigator’s Board, the New Mexico Search and Rescue Board, and the Executive Board of the New Mexico High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).
Chief Kassetas is a graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, School of Police Staff and Command #161 and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Leadership in Police Organization course. He obtained his Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Bachelor of Arts – Sociology degrees from New Mexico State University in 1992.
Chief Kassetas resides in Albuquerque with his wife and two daughters.