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New Mexico State Police Chief retires

January 1, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The chief of the New Mexico State Police Department has retired after five years on the job and a total of 26 years with the agency.

The department announced late Monday that Chief Pete Kassetas retired.

Kassetas began working for the state police in 1992 in Grants. He worked as a patrolman, in criminal investigations and as an officer and supervisor.

Kassetas was appointed chief in August 2013.

The former chief says he is proud to have served New Mexicans and to have added two new Harley Davidson motorcycles to the department’s motor unit.

Department spokesman Lt. Mark Soriano said he didn’t know when a replacement or an interim chief will be named.

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