Governor Issues Statement On Senate Confirmation Of NMSP Chief Tim Johnson

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday issued the following statement after the New Mexico Senate unanimously confirmed Tim Johnson as chief of the New Mexico State Police:
“Chief Johnson has been a steady and stabilizing force at the Department of Public Safety. I am glad to see senators endorse him and by extension his officers and the work they do every single day to keep New Mexico communities and roadways safe. Chief Johnson is a leader of high character and integrity and I look forward to his continued good work.”
The governor’s executive recommendation called for 60 additional State Police officers, a push for enhanced personnel the administration looks forward to ensuring is accommodated in the FY2021 budget. Among other criminal justice reform and public safety initiatives the governor has endorsed, House Bill 184 provides special funding to support state police officers in communities around the state and enhanced funding from the Law Enforcement Protection Fund to support local public safety agencies, as well.