Police Chief Wayne Torpy inside the police station with Ofc. Oliver McCartney. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
By Carol A. Clark
Following an extended stay in the hospital beginning in November, Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy surprised officers and staff when he arrived unannounced Wednesday at the police station.
“It was so good to see him and we are really happy to have him back and to see that he is doing so well,” Deputy Police Chief Randy Foster said.
Foster has been the acting police chief while Torpy was away on sick leave and he was in on Torpy’s surprise visit Wednesday.
Torpy contracted a severe staph infection, which will require a future surgery to repair a damaged heart valve. He explained that his doctor has initially released him to return to work half days for a short while and will gradually increase his hours back up to full time until his surgery.
“It’s great to be back at work and the greatest part of that is to be back with my employees and my coworkers in the County and the citizens in the community,” Torpy said.
A date has not yet been set for Torpy’s surgery.