Foster makes final three for Santa Fe police chief job

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Three men have been named as finalists to become Santa Fe’s next police chief and one of them happens to be former Los Alamos Police Commander Randy Foster, now a Santa Fe County Sheriff’s deputy.

The city announced Friday that Española Public Safety Director Eric Garcia, Foster and former Albuquerque Police Department Deputy Chief Joseph Silva are the final candidates for the job.

Mayor Javier Gonzales and City Manager Brian Snyder are scheduled to interview the final candidates next week.

Foster, meanwhile, lost his job following former Los Alamos Police Department Detective Brian Schamber’s involuntary confinement at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute for 10 days in late December 2012.

Foster, former commander Scott Mills and detective Paige Early then filed suit against the county, alleging wrongful discharge, retaliation and gender discrimination.