Doña Ana County

SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT MOURNS DEATH OF RETIRED POLICE CHIEF

SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT MOURNS DEATH OF RETIRED POLICE CHIEF

            Deputies and civilian staff at the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department are mourning the death of retired Las Cruces Police Chief Jaime Montoya.

            The Las Cruces Police Department confirmed late Thursday that Montoya had passed away after battling cancer.

            Many law enforcement personnel at DASO knew Montoya well, and many had worked with him over his decades-long career.

            “He could be a tough boss,” remembered Undersheriff Jaime Quezada, who worked for Montoya within LCPD’s Targeting Neighborhood Threats (TNT) unit, and again when Montoya was promoted to chief and Quezada was a patrol sergeant. “But he was fair, and he cared deeply for his officers. I am grateful for his guidance, leadership and friendship throughout my own career.”

            Montoya participated in many public events with other law enforcement agencies, including the Law Enforcement Torch Run, jointly organized by LCPD and the sheriff’s department.

            “The loss of someone like Jaime reverberates through our entire community,” noted Sheriff Kim Stewart. “Most anyone you talk to who knew him will always remember Jaime as one of the best, and we certainly send our deepest condolences to his family, both at home and at LCPD.” 

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