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Due to an unexpected medical condition, Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy recently notified his staff that he will be out on an extended medical leave.
Torpy said he expects to make a full recovery, but doesn’t have a specific timeline.
“I’ve seen better days, but I expect to make a full recovery. Soon it will be full speed ahead again,” said they 54-year-old Torpy, who is recovering in an area hospital with his family by his side. “I’m still in limbo as to what the next steps are though. It’s going to be a while.”
Torpy has led the department since 2005 after having served as deputy chief of the Melbourne Police Department in Florida.
Since joining the LAPD, Torpy has made sweeping changes in terms of how the department is operated. His most recent accomplishments have been consolidating the medical, fire and police dispatch into one system, modernizing and reorganizing the evidence room and professionalizing the department through various state accreditation boards, including the New Mexico Municipal League and the New Mexico Association of Counties. He’s also been credited with maintaining a high profile and a very public role in 2011’s Las Conchas Fire, keeping the residents updated on as to what was happening on a day-by-day basis. He has also been instrumental with making the department more accessible to the public through changes to the department’s website.
Torpy thanked the residents who have sent him and his family best wishes following his unexpected illness.
“I really appreciate the support that residents have expressed to me, it’s nice to see how many people care,” Torpy said.
LAPD Deputy Chief Randy Foster said he will assume the duties of police chief until Torpy is ready to come back. He also said that if residents would like to send get-well cards and wishes to the chief, they can do so through the Los Alamos Police Department, Chief Wayne Torpy, 2500 Trinity Dr., Los Alamos N.M. 87544.