First in a series on the five candidates for Los Alamos Police Chief.
Roy E. Melnick has served as chief of the Los Lunas police department since 2009. He was also police chief in St. Johns, Ariz., from 2008–2009 and Ashland, Mass., from 2000–2006.
In his cover letter, Melnick, 58, writes, “My strongest attribute is my ability to bring about positive change, to restore public trust and confidence in police departments in need of change, reform and the infusion of new ideas and leadership.”
When he spoke with the Los Alamos Monitor, Melnick again stressed his experience transforming departments.
“I would bring my training, education and experience, and the success of rebuilding three prior police departments that were in similar situations,” Melnick said, citing the Los Lunas department as an example.
“The police chief had left and it was a department in turmoil. Seven officers had vacated the department and gone to Albuquerque, and it was just in disarray.
“So I came in and spent six months learning the community and learning the personnel within the department, the strengths and weaknesses, and then reorganized the department into what was a more efficiently operating chain of command.”