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ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Al Solis, Roswell’s former police chief and the state’s former interim secretary of the Department of Corrections, died Monday, Roswell officials confirmed. He was 65 and had been battling cancer.
Roswell City Manager Larry Fry said officials were informed that Solis died in Las Cruces. “He was certainly a man of integrity and had a long, distinguished career in law enforcement,” Fry said.
His death comes just a few months after Solis announced in July he was stepping down for health reasons. He said at the time that his cancer was contained but not going away.
The longtime lawman came to Roswell as administrator to the Chaves County Detention Center and later became the department’s chief.
He spent 21 years with the U.S. Marshals Service and served briefly as interim secretary of the Department of Corrections under Gov. Susana Martinez.
In 2011 interview with The Associated Press, Solis said he was happy to help Martinez reshape the corrections department and get it ready for incoming Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel. “But police work is what I enjoy doing,” he said. “I really enjoy working to make communities safer.”
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