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The Los Alamos Police Department’s former top commander, Randy Foster, will soon take over as police chief of the Bloomfield Police Department.
Foster said his first day will be Aug. 4. Though the job will be new, the area won’t be.
“I like the area up there, we used to vacation at Navajo Lake,” he said. “I have friends there and know the area well.”
According to the town’s website, Bloomfield has a population of 7,210, and is made of 62.4 percent Caucasian, 27.5 Hispanic and 16.7 percent Native American. The town’s senior population tops out at 10 percent, and the median income is $34,760. Bloomfield’s major industry is natural gas, with five gas plants and one refinery.
Its second industry is farming, and Bloomfield is also known for it’s recreational attractions, which include Chaco Culture National Historic Park, Salmon Ruins and Heritage Park and Carson National Forest.
“I’ll be doing the best I can; it’s going to be a big job,” Foster said, adding that his immediate challenge will be moving his family there and getting them adjusted. Foster is currently a deputy with the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office.
Early in 2013, Los Alamos County fired him over an incident involving former LAPD Det. Brian Schamber where Foster, as well as another former commander, Scott Mills, tried to have Schamber involuntarily committed to a mental hospital. Schamber sued the county for $25 million and later settled for $600,000.
Foster, Mills and detective Paige Early then filed suit against the county, alleging wrongful discharge, retaliation and gender discrimination.