Gorden Eden, Jr. Tapped for Albuquerque Police Chief

Gorden Eden, Jr.

SANTA FE—New Mexico Department of Public Safety (NMDPS) Cabinet Secretary Gorden Eden, Jr. has been selected to serve as the new chief of the Albuquerque Police Department.

Eden Jr.’s long public service career began as a New Mexico State Police officer and included assignments in the Office of the Chief and the Training and Recruiting Division.

Under the Department of Public Safety, he oversaw the Advanced Training Bureau until he was recruited by Northwestern University, Chicago IL, to serve as the director of its prestigious School of Police Staff and Command, where he successfully expanded course offerings within the U.S. and internationally. He returned to New Mexico and served in other positions including Special Agent in the Attorney General’s Office and Director of the Motor Vehicle Division.

In May 2002, Eden was appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the 19th United States Marshal for the District of New Mexico. In his 8.5 year tenure, he met the judicial security mission; created the Southwest Fugitive Task Force (SWIFT); led efforts to bring thousands of fugitives to justice; implemented the federal Adam Walsh Act related to sex offenders; and expanded staffing to meet the growing needs of the District of New Mexico.

As an active member of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Board, he was elected to serve several terms as chair and vice-chair, representing the federal law enforcement agencies.

Eden is a third-generation New Mexican. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration complemented by thousands of hours of advanced law enforcement, specialized and management training, and holds a U.S. Department of Justice Top Secret Security Clearance.


He is an active member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police; the National Governors Association Crime Policy Advisory Board; the National Criminal Justice Association Board and Advisory Council; the HIDTA Executive Board; the National Sheriff’s Association; the Drug Enforcement Advisory Council; and the New Mexico Sentencing Commission. He and his wife have been married since 1978 and have two children.


“I strongly support Gorden Eden taking this position and believe he is an excellent choice to be the next chief of the Albuquerque Police Department,” Gov. Susana Martinez said in a statement. “Gorden has been a strong leader in New Mexico in our continuing efforts to keep New Mexico safe, and while his skills and expertise will be missed, I’m certain he will continue his record of leadership with the Albuquerque Police Department.”