Santa Fe–The New Mexico State Senate today unanimously confirmed Pete N. Kassetas as Chief of the New Mexico State Police. Kassetas was selected by Governor Susana Martinez to serve as Chief of the New Mexico State Police in August 2013. Chief Kassetas will serve as the twenty-first Chief of the New Mexico State Police.
“I have a lot of confidence in Chief Kassetas and his ability to lead the New Mexico State Police,” said Governor Susana Martinez. “Chief Kassetas took a strong leadership role in Roswell last month during a very uncertain time. He calmly briefed the public on the situation and the unfolding investigation and did a good job. I look forward to his continued leadership at the helm of our state’s premiere law enforcement organization.”
“Having worked with Chief Kassetas through the years, I have seen him develop into a great officer and a great leader. He is trustworthy, a man of his word who gets things done and he fights for the men and women who are the commissioned officers of the Department of Public Safety. He is a great public servant for the people of New Mexico,” said Secretary of Public Safety, Gorden Eden.
“I am honored and humbled to be confirmed by the Senate as the twenty-first New Mexico State Police Chief. I appreciate the opportunity bestowed upon me by Governor Susana Martinez to lead this great agency,” said Chief Pete 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, where 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 Policed 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 oversees 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 and the New Mexico Search and Rescue Board.
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.
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Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez