In a formal statement issued Tuesday, September 17, Truth or Consequences city manager Morris Madrid confirmed police chief Randall Aragon had been relieved of his position and duties. The announcement established that Erica Baker would be serving as acting Chief of Police until Aragon’s successor could be hired and was prepared to begin working. With this noted, the city manager’s statement acknowledged that former department chief Michael Apodaca had been hired to once again serve as the city’s Chief of Police. Madrid’s announcement further stated Apodaca was tentatively set to begin his duties on Tuesday, October 1.

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