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Española police chief to retire

April 25, 2017 GMT

Española police chief Richard Gallegos said Monday he will retire at week’s end after working as an officer for more than two decades.

Gallegos called The New Mexican to say there are no connections between his decision to retire and controversies with Deputy Chief Matthew Vigil, who has been the subject of several 911 calls, including a domestic violence call in Taos in November that led to no charges.

Española City Councilor Dennis Tim Salazar said he has known Gallegos to be a man of integrity.

“He had a big job to help move the Española Police Department forward,” Salazar said. “I’m just appreciative for his hard work.”