New State Police Chief

New Mexico – Public Safety Secretary Gorden Eden has named State Police Maj. Robert Shilling as chief of the state law enforcement agency.

Gov. Susana Martinez announced the appointment on Friday.

Shilling has served as acting state police chief since January.

He joined the state police in 1992, after working for the Silver City police department. He was promoted to major in 2008, and last year became law enforcement budget director and commander of investigations.

The governor said Shilling's extensive state police experience made him an ideal choice to become chief.

Eden said Shilling has an "excellent reputation statewide as a person of honor and commitment."

Shilling succeeds Faron Segotta, who retired last year and had served as chief since 2006.

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