Cabinet Secretary Gregory J. Fourat
SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has announced that New Mexico Department of Public Safety (NMDPS) Cabinet Secretary Greg Fouratt will leave his post to become a United States Magistrate Judge in Las Cruces.
Secretary Fouratt has served as DPS cabinet secretary since February 2014 and was unanimously confirmed by the New Mexico State Senate in March 2015.
“Secretary Fouratt is a leader who puts New Mexico first, and I am proud of the work he has accomplished during his time in my administration,” Martinez said. “While we are sad to see him go, we know that he will continue to do the people’s work and make our state proud.”
Under Secretary Fouratt’s leadership, DPS made great strides in professionalizing its commissioned officer unit and incentivizing officer recruitment and retention. Secretary Fouratt’s signature accomplishment was persuading the New Mexico Legislature to pass landmark legislation that permitted the New Mexico State Police to absorb the commissioned officers in the Motor Transportation Division and the Special Investigations Division. This organizational realignment, more than 20 years in the making, ensures that all commissioned officers in DPS operate under the same rules, policies, and chain of command.
Beginning in the summer of 2015, Secretary Fouratt convened a working group including law enforcement and forensic laboratory personnel, advocates for victims of sexual assault, and the sexual assault nurse examiner community to study the issue of untested rape kits being housed in the evidence rooms of law enforcement agencies. As a result of that study, Secretary Fouratt was successful in securing $1.2 million in the FY17 DPS budget to begin testing the approximate 5,700 untested kits that were identified.
“For the last two years, it has been a profound privilege for me to serve alongside the 1,150 men and women in DPS who work diligently each day to do their part to make all New Mexicans safe. Across the agency and throughout the state, officers, dispatchers, forensic scientists, and critically important support personnel turned in work every day that made me enormously proud,” Secretary Fouratt said. “As the son and brother of former New Mexico State Police officers, I came into this job with enormous respect for the tradition and prestige of this flagship agency. My respect has grown infinitely deeper for these men and women who give everything they have so that the rest of us can enjoy the quality of life to which we in New Mexico have grown accustomed.”
Fouratt concluded, “I thank Governor Martinez first for her superb leadership and ambitious vision for this state. I also thank her for entrusting me with the stewardship of DPS during a crucial time in its history. It has been an incredible honor to serve the people of this State as a member of her cabinet.”
Prior to serving as the Secretary of Public Safety, Fouratt served as senior litigation counsel in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Mexico, where he investigated and prosecuted cases of national and international scope, including capital murder and major fraud. He was also the United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico from 2008 to 2010.
In addition to his 17-year career as a federal prosecutor, Fouratt served as an officer in the United States Air Force, Air Force Reserve, and the New Mexico National Guard, retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 2012. Fouratt holds a Juris Doctor degree from Texas Tech University School of Law in Lubbock, Texas, a Master of Public Administration degree from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.
Fouratt applied for the open judgeship in July 2015 and succeeded in a competitive appointment process.
Governor Martinez has named DPS Deputy Secretary Scott Weaver as Acting Cabinet Secretary when Fouratt leaves his post at the end of February.